“Little Black Dress” (2005) by Loren D. Estleman  » Books  »
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  • Unfortunately for all concerned the bookstore they choose is the one managed by Laurie's mother, Pam Ziegenthaler
  • I have enjoyed all of his books particularly his Amos Walker series

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      “Little Black Dress” places hit man Peter Macklin in great danger. He meets his mother-in-law Pam Ziegenthaler, a woman nearly his own age. Like good mothers-in-law everywhere Pam takes an instant dislike to the man who married her daughter. Their relationship isn’t helped when Laurie and Peter meet Pam’s boyfriend, Benjamin Grinnell. Peter recognizes Grinnell’s type: a man connected with the mob.

      Peter and his young bride Laurie have returned to Toledo to buy the property Laurie’s grandparents owned. Peter works hard to try and reestablish the trust lost between himself and Laurie while they were on their honeymoon in Las Angeles and he was forced to temporarily abandon his wife while he performed a hit to protect him and his bride. Laurie’s life changed forever when she married Peter. It changed even more when she found herself forced to kill a man and help


      Peter dispose of the bodies of the men they had killed. Laurie hoped that by returning to her grandparents home she and Peter would be able to lead the quiet life together they both wanted.

      Problems arise because Grinnell has been the front man for a series of armed robberies of video stores throughout Ohio. When one of these robberies results in the shooting and killing of a store manager the gang decides to change tactics and decides to rob a bookstore. Unfortunately for all concerned the bookstore they choose is the one managed by Laurie’s mother, Pam Ziegenthaler. Both Peter and Grinnell find themselves having to protect the woman they love while at the same time dealing with the determined women’s decision to do things their own way and on their own terms. The lives of the women are saved, but the lives of Grinnell ...


      • and Peter Macklin are negatively affected forever.

        “Little Black Dress” is the newest of the Peter Macklin books about the Nine to Five Killer for hire. It ends full of suspense as the reader waits to see what really happens to Macklin in the next book. Loren D. Estleman has written the Peter Macklin books according to a sporadic schedule. Books were published in 1984, 1985, and 1986. The fourth book didn’t appear until 2002 and “Little Black Dress” was published in 2005. I looked to see if I could find any evidence of a new book being published but found nothing. It appears we’ll just have to wait and see. Fortunately Estleman has other series that are published more regularly. Lately Estleman has published a new book in Amos Walker his hard-boiled detective series including the 2006 “Nicotine Kiss” and the 2007 “American Detective.”

        Loren D.

        Estleman has more than fifty published books to his credit in both western and crime genres. He has won numerous awards for his writing. Estleman is a graduate in English literature and journalism from Eastern Michigan University. According to one source Estleman was nominated for a Pulitzer award for his reporting. I have been unable to confirm this. However according to the Pulitzer website more than 2,400 entries are submitted each year for the twenty-one awarded prizes. Consequently a submission may mean nothing more than a publisher or editor sent Estleman’s name in to the Pulitzer committee. I was unable to find him listed among the finalists.

        In any case, Estleman is a good writer. I have enjoyed all of his books particularly his Amos Walker series. I give “Little Black Dress” an 88% or a B+. I’m hoping the next in the series will come out soon.




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