Who Is This Guy?

“Elegant, eloquent, and elegiac, Kuhlken’s novels sing an old melody, at the same time haunting and beautiful.” Don Winslow, author of The Cartel

“Ken Kuhlken writes about characters most authors wouldn’t touch.” Raymond Carver, author of  What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

So, who is this guy?
Take the quiz. Ken’s books are:  1. mysteries; 2. thrillers; 3. suspense; 4. literary; 5. noir; 6. adventure; 7. all the above; 8; none of the above. Send your answer to ken@kenkuhlken.net and you may even win a prize.



At long last, the Tom Hickey series is complete. Beginning with Tom’s first investigation at age twenty-one and continuing, over ten books until his eighty-fifth year.

The novels are riveting stories of crime, heroics, and sacrificial love that also offer a vivid and panoramic vision of California as it transforms from a frontier to the most influential place on earth.

“Tom Hickey is one of detective fiction’s most original and intriguing creations.”  San Francisco Chronicle​

Readers who accompany Tom and his extraordinary family on their adventures enrich their knowledge of America and the dark and bright recesses of the human heart.

While awaiting publication of the two final books, The Fat Lady, A Love Story, and The Answer to Everything, please use the opportunity to savor the first eight books.



“I loved Writing and the Spirit. A bit of a hard-bitten pragmatist, I’m surprised how much I’ve gleaned from its pages. Kuhlken makes a convincing argument for love as the basis of the writing craft and vocation. Each piece of writing you produce is a love gift; a step along a path of spiritual introspection that will bless writer and reader alike. Caution:  I know I will revisit Writing and the Spirit again and again. What else can I say but, amen and thank you!” Dr. Melissa Bamba