Ken Kuhlken


Ken’s Midheaven was chosen as a finalist for PEN’s Ernest Hemingway Award for best first fiction book.Then came the California crime series, which includes: The Loud Adios, Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin’s Press best first novel; The Do-Re-Mi,  finalist for the Shamus Best Novel Award; The Biggest Liar in Los Angeles, San Diego Book Awards best mystery; and The Good Know Nothing, finalist for the Los Angeles Book Festival best mystery.

From Hickey & McGee by Ken Kuhlken:

Road Kill  and No Cats, No Chocolate: Authors Alan Russell and Ken Kuhlken met at a mystery convention and soon hit the road to promote their books. Their bizarre adventures make delightful reading for anyone who has considered or dreamed of a career as a writer and for anyone else inclined to laugh at the antics of a couple strange fellows.

Reading Brother Lawrence is a memoir in which a book and a memory lead the way to the Kingdom of Heaven.

Writing and the Spirit: Who needs inspiration? Everybody, especially artists. Here’s where and how to find it. 

Cars: California Stories is a collection of fiction and biography as offbeat as the state itself.

Newport Ave is a gripping novel in the tradition of classic noir in which a Sunday school teacher plots murder.

Midheaven (Lake Tahoe, 1974) Jodi McGee, whom readers will meet again in The Very Least and the Answer to Everything, tells the haunting story of her treacherous eighteenth year and the battle between her quest for God and her love for a dedicated and troubled atheist. 

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. After journalist Clifford offers to help Bo clear her friend, he infuriates dangerous cholos, politicians, and tycoons on both sides of the border.

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. 

Midheaven, The Very Least, and the Answer to Everything together comprise an exceptionally gripping and epic love story, the whole of which, entitled Hickey and McGee, is available as a bargain priced single ebook.

In Supermenexperience a road trip to the little league world series, read about a little girl lost in New Orleans, the Hully Gully, a boy tormented by sex and other facts of life, the MLB draft, and a homicidal suburban mom.

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