Books

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.

 

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: (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: (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.  

 

OTHER STORIES

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, through Portland and into the Kingdom of Heaven, the author revisits the past and the people who sent him on his way.

 

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