Hickey Family Crime


L.A. in 1920s and 30s was a especially rough for a talented and ambitious brother and sister with a long gone father and a psycho mother.

THE BIGGEST LIAR IN LOS ANGELES:  (1926) Unless a famous evangelist will take agnostic Tom 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: (1936) A bestselling author, 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.



On the battlefield, you’ve usually got fellow soldiers; on the home front, you might find yourself all alone.

THE VENUS DEAL: (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: (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.
Private Eye Writers of America Best First Novel


THE ANGEL GANG: (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 . . .




Some people claim raising two kids is no harder than raising one. Those people either had no more than one kid or, If they did, they weren’t private detectives trying to retire.

THE DO-RE-MI :  (1971) Alvaro Hickey 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:  (1979) A heavenly apparition appears in Baja California rallying the faithful to overthrow the corrupt Mexican government, Alvaro Hickey joins her crusade.




Blended families are mighty challenging, especially if they include men who can’t seem to quit making dangerous enemies.

MIDHEAVEN: (1974) Jodi McGee tells the haunting story of her treacherous eighteenth year and the battle between her quest for God and her love for a human. Finalist for PEN’s Ernest Hemingway Award.

THE VERY LEAST: (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; (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.