HICKEY FAMILY crime novels

THE BIGGEST LIAR IN LOS ANGELES:  (L.A. 1926)  Unless a famous evangelist will take agnostic 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) Author of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 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. 


HICKEY & HICKEY: The Biggest Liar in Los Angeles, and The Good Know Nothing, the two books that together become Hickey & Hickey are the harrowing story of a talented brother and gifted sister attempting to make good in early 20th century of Los Angeles. This is hardly easy, given World War I, the wild and violent prohibition era, the Great Depression, and the fact that their father went missing when they were little and their mother is mad.


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


THE LOUD ADIOS:  (San Diego, Tijuana, 1943) With the whole world at war, Tom is an MP at the border when he discovers Nazis plotting to make Baja California a German colony.  
PWA Best First P.I. Novel.



THE ANGEL GANG: (Lake Tahoe, San Diego, L.A. 1950) An L.A. mob’s beef against Tom leads to the kidnapping of pregnant Wendy Hickey. Alone, Tom can’t save her, but with the help of the Nevada mob and Tahoe’s resident angels, 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 hippies and Jesus freaks.  Shamus Best Novel finalist. 


THE VAGABOND VIRGINS:  (San Diego, Rural Baja California, 1979)  When a heavenly apparition appears in Baja California rallying the faithful to overthrow the corrupt Mexican government, Alvaro Hickey joins her crusade.


MIDHEAVEN: (Lake Tahoe, 1974) Jodi McGee tells the haunting story of her treacherous eighteenth year and the battle between her quest for God and her love for an older young man.
Finalist for PEN’s Ernest Hemingway Award.


THE VERY LEAST: (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. Clifford agrees to help Bo clear her friend. The downside: he infuriates dangerous gangsters, politicians, and tycoons on both sides of the border. The upside, he meets Jodi McGee. 


THE ANSWER TO EVERYTHING: (San Diego, Tijuana, Lake Tahoe, 1990) Attorney Alvaro Hickey conspires in the murder of a Tijuana cartel hitman and becomes the murderer’s lawyer. The cartel, known for the massacres of entire families, now targets the Hickey-McGees.  


HICKEY & MCGEE: Midheaven, The Very Least, and The Answer to Everything, the three books that together become Hickey & McGee, are at once an epic love story and a novel of crime, corruption, faith, madness, and extreme courage. 



NEWPORT AVE:  A fugitive from a manslaughter charge returns home to a foggy California beach town hoping to protect his sister from her estranged husband, a mob-connected gambler. The fugitive enlists the help of his closest old friend, now a devoted family man and Sunday school teacher. After exploring all options, they decide the only sure way to protect the sister is to kill the gambler. 


CARS: Short stories that vividly capture California as a glorious dream, a hallucination, and a nightmare, a state we all should visit though we might not want to risk living there.  


READING BROTHER LAWRENCE, A MEMOIR: On a road trip up the California coast, past Portland and into the Kingdom of Heaven, the author revisits the past and the people who sent him on his way.



WRITING AND THE SPIRIT:  Who needs inspiration? Everybody, especially writers.  




FOR AMERICA, a mind-bending family saga in five books.