Since the appearance of his first novel in 1976, Loren D. Estleman has written more than 60 books and hundreds of short stories and articles. Among those books: Writing the Popular Novel, from Writer's Digest Books; the first in a new series featuring Estleman's Los Angeles film detective, Valentino (Frames, Fall 2007); American Detective (the nineteenth Amos Walker novel, April 2007); The Adventures of Johnny Vermillion (a rollicking comic western, May 2006); the Spur award-winning The Undertaker's Wife (2005); and a novel about hanging judge Isaac Parker, The Branch and the Scaffold (April 2009). Estleman has finished three more novels that will be published over the next year or so: The Book of Murdock (eighth in the Page Murdock series), The Left-Handed Dollar (20th in the Amos Walker series), and Alone (second in the Valentino series, featuring Greta Garbo). There are several short stories in the hopper, and proposals for future novels in both the mystery and historical western genres. He is currently working on a historical crime novel, which is his largest project to date.
All of this on a manual typewriter, no less.
Estleman has received fan letters from such notables as John D. MacDonald, The Amazing Kreskin, Mel Tormé, and Steve Forbes. He has acquired a loyal cult readership across the United States and in Europe, and his work has appeared in 23 languages.