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 if the Ku Klux Klan lynched his friend.   San Diego Book Awards Best Mystery.

THE GOOD KNOW NOTHING:  (L.A., Tucson, and McCloud, CA. 1936) Novelist B. Traven, 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 sexual 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 the Las Vegas mod as well as angels, in whom Wendy steadfastly believes, maybe …

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 hippy 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 seduced into joining her crusade.

MIDHEAVEN: (Lake Tahoe, 1974) Jodi McGee, whom you will meet again in THE FAT LADY, tells the haunting story,of her treacherous eighteenth year and the battle between her quest for God and her love for an older man.  Finalist for PEN’s Ernest Hemingway Award.

Coming soon, THE FAT LADY, A LOVE STORY: (San Diego, Tijuana, Lake Tahoe, 1985)  A dear friend of Clifford’s cousin Bo crosses the border on the run from a charge of molesting children in a church nursery school. After journalist Clifford offers to help Bo clear her friend, he infuriates dangerous cholos, politicians, and tycoons on both sides of the border. 

Coming soon, THE ANSWER TO EVERYTHING: (San Diego, Tijuana, Lake Tahoe, 1990) Attorney Alvaro Hickey assists in the murder of a Tijuana cartel sicaro then becomes the murderer’s lawyer. The cartel, which has lately massacred an entire family, now targets another whole family, the Hickey-McGees.


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.