Books

 Tom Hickey and Family

THE BIGGEST LIAR IN LOS ANGELES:  (L.A. 1926)  Unless a famous evangelist will take skeptical Tom Hickey into her confidence, he may never learn who lynched his friend.   San Diego Book Awards Best Mystery.

THE GOOD KNOW NOTHING:  (L.A., Tucson, and McCloud, CA. 1936)  A famous novelist, an outlaw who may be the Sundance Kid, and publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst stand between Tom and the truth about the disappearance of his father.   Los Angeles Book Festival Best Mystery Award.

THE VENUS DEAL:  (San Diego, Mount Shasta, Denver, Tijuana, 1942)   A gifted jazz singer leaves her job at a San Diego nightclub, in which Tom is a partner, to avenge the crimes of a spiritualist guru.

THE LOUD ADIOS:  (San Diego, Tijuana, 1943)  While Tom serves as an M.P. on the San Diego/Tijuana border, he discovers occultist Nazis plotting to make Baja California a German colony.   St. Martins Press, PWA Best First P.I. Novel

THE ANGEL GANG:  (Lake Tahoe, San Diego, L.A., 1950)  An L.A. mob’s beef against Tom results in the kidnap of pregnant Wendy Hickey. Tom alone can’t rescue her, but if he can enlist the help of angels …

THE DO-RE-MI:  (Rural Northern California, 1971)  The Hickey’s adopted son Alvaro, a musician booked at a folk festival, flees from a murder accusation. His brother Clifford’s best chance of proving him innocent requires the help of the victim’s girlfriend, one of the hippies known as Jesus people.   Shamus Best Novel finalist.

THE VAGABOND VIRGINS:  (San Diego, Rural Baja California, 1979)  A heavenly apparition appears in Baja California. While she rallies the faithful to overthrow the corrupt Mexican government, Alvaro Hickey gets the call to join her crusade.


With Alan Russell

ROAD KILL: An odd pair of mystery writers embark on an epic journey to convince America’s readers to buy their books. But the dark forces of commerce are allied against them.

NO CATS, NO CHOCOLATE: Ken and Alan Russell take to the road to appear on Oprah Winfrey and advocate for serious literature while covertly launching a career as romance writers.


On Writing

WRITING AND THE SPIRIT: Who needs inspiration? Everybody, especially writers. Here’s where and how to find it.

WRITE SMART: Learn or re-learn the story-book writer’s craft in the most effective and efficient way.


A Memoir

READING BROTHER LAWRENCE: A book and a memory lead the way to the Kingdom of Heaven.


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