Smart. Exciting. Original.

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

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

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Ken’s books are:  1. mysteries; 2. thrillers; 3. suspense; 4. literature; 5. noir; 6. adventure; 7. all the above; 8; none of the above. Send your answer to and thereby enter a drawing to win the whole series described below. 


At long last, the 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 ten 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.


“I loved Writing and the Spirit. 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