In Cars: California Stories you will enjoy nine of the best works of short fiction by Ken Kuhlken, acclaimed author of both literary and crime novels. The stories first appeared in a variety of distinguished magazines and anthologies such as Esquire, Virginia Quarterly Review, MSS and San Diego Noir. As a bonus, the collection includes a feature article about legendary novelist Jim Thompson and his family and their life in San Diego during World War II.
You will meet the private investigator about whom the San Francisco Chronicle commented, “Tom Hickey is one of detective fiction’s most original and intriguing creations.”;Tom’s adopted son Alvaro who spent his early years as a Tijuana street orphan; a lovely and fragile musical prodigy caught in the web of Hollywood’s worst; wild and troubled teenagers addicted to fast cars; a California rock musician searching for sanctuary in Europe; an artist discovering that his gift is a curse; and a young man who begins a new and far more brilliant life following a Billy Graham crusade.
These are 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.
If Joan Didion, Raymond Chandler, Ross MacDonald or Don Winslow are among your favorites, Cars is most assuredly for you.