Loren D. Estleman

January 22, 1999

Loren D. Estleman

Since the appearance of his first novel in 1976, Loren D. Estleman has written 53 books and hundreds of short stories and articles. An authority on both criminal history and the American West, Estleman has been called the most critically acclaimed author of his generation. He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award, and England's Silver Dagger Award.

He has received sixteen national writing awards: three Shamuses from the Private Eye Writers of America, four Golden Spurs from the Western Writers of America, two American Mystery Awards from Mystery Scene Magazine, two Outstanding Mystery Writer of the Year awards from Popular Fiction Monthly, two Stirrup Awards for outstanding articles in the Western Writers of America magazine, The Roundup, and three Western Heritage Awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. In 1987, the Michigan Foundation of the Arts presented him with its award for literature. In 1997, the Michigan Library Association named him the recipient of the Michigan Author’s Award.


A sought-after speaker and a veteran journalist of police-beat news, Estleman graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1974 with a B.A. in English Literature and Journalism. On April 27, 2002, EMU presented him with an honorary doctorate in letters. He left the job market in 1980 to write full time. He lives in Michigan and is married to mystery novelist, Deborah Morgan.

For more information on Loren D. Estleman, please visit his website: http://www.lorenestleman.com/

To view Special Collections' holdings of Estleman's work, please click here.

To hear Estleman read from his own work, please visit the Vincent Voice Library, here.

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