The Biggest Liar in Los Angeles tells a gripping story about memorable characters and resurrects a time and place that, perhaps more than any, created the modern world.

“Kuhlken mixes historical and fictional characters with an ease that will remind many of Max Allan Collins’s Nate Heller series (True Crime, etc.). He’s equally adept at melding the murder inquiry with Hickey’s personal struggles.”​ ~ Publishers’ Weekly​

Throughout 1926, Harry Chandler used the persuasive reach of his Los Angeles Times to assure that railroads were out, and cars were in.

And in May of that vital year, celebrity evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson went swimming at Ocean Park beach and vanished, presumed drowned. Millions mourned or prayed for her miraculous return. On June 23, she walked out of the Mexican desert and crossed the border into Douglas, Arizona.

Though her story of a kidnapping convinced her followers, the district attorney didn’t buy it.  A grand jury hearing was underway when a lynching happened in Echo Park, only yards from Sister Aimee’s Angelus Temple. The victim was an old friend of Tom Hickey, whose distress is aggravated because the police and popular media have apparently conspired to deny the lynching occurred.

Tom, who leads a dance orchestra and works days selling meat, adds to his jobs the pursuit of killers who may belong to the Ku Klux Klan. The investigation leads him to Angelus Temple and Sister Aimee, whose sermon entitled “The Biggest Liar in Los Angeles” provides him with clues and suspects. They include publishing mogul William Randolph Hearst and Harry Chandler, owner of the Los Angeles Times.

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Some songs you will find in The Biggest Liar in Los Angeles

Bye, Bye Blackbird

Yes Sir That’ My Baby

Ain’t We Got Fun

It Had to Be You

The Old Rugged Cross

Polly Wolly Doodle

Beautiful Dreamer

Newport Ave

 

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A Sunday School teacher considering murder? $12.00

 

Newport Ave by Ken Kuhlken, publication date, 3-1-18

 

Noir crime, Mystery, Suspense

 

A fugitive from a manslaughter charge returns home to a foggy California beach town hoping to protect his sister Olivia from her estranged husband, a mob-connected gambler. He enlists the help of his closest old friend, now a devoted Christian family man and Sunday school teacher. After exploring all options, they decide the only sure way to protect Olivia 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.

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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 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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