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. He 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.
Newport Ave, a gripping novel in the noir tradition, explores crime and its endless consequences.
Includes suggested topics for book club discussion.
Praise for Newport Ave:
“... a water-tight thriller and an elegy to friendship. It possesses the qualities of Dennis Lehane’s best non-series books — the same sense of long-seasoned relationships, unrealized expectations, and even a kind of grace. I finished it just two days ago and could start it again right now.” — Timothy Hallinan, author of the Poke Rafferty Bangkok thrillers and the Junior Bender Mysteries
“... riveting classic noir, teeming with suspense arising from questions we all face: how loyal are we; how willing to sacrifice; how deep is our love. Beautifully written and intriguing at every turn, this novel will linger in your mind and heart. A real winner!” — Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Assassins and The Book of Spies
Praise for Ken Kuhlken:
“Elegant, eloquent, and elegiac, Kuhlken’s novels sing an old melody, at the same time haunting and beautiful.” Don Winslow, author of The Cartel
“Ken Kuhlken writes about characters most authors wouldn’t touch.” Raymond Carver, author of What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
Read about Ken and all his books at kenkuhlken.net
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