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Monday, September 1, 2014

The Good Know Nothing by Ken Kuhlken

The Good Know Nothing

by Ken Kuhlken

on Tour September 15 - October 31, 2014



Tour Info:


Book Formats: ePub, PDF, Print, Netgalley
Hosting Options: Review, Interview, Guest Post, Showcase
Giveaway: Poisoned Pen Press mystery box of books (which includes the Good Know Nothing).
Series: Detective Tom Hickey




Book Details:


Genre: Mystery
Published by: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
Number of Pages: 262
ISBN: 9781464202865
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Synopsis:

DURING THE SUMMER OF 1936, destitute farmers from the Dust Bowl swarm into California, and an old friend brings police detective Tom Hickey a manuscript, a clue to the mystery of his father Charlie’s longago disappearance. Tom chooses to risk losing his job and family to follow this lead. Even his oldest friend and mentor, retired cop Leo Weiss, opposes Tom’s decision. Why so passionately? Tom lures the novelist B. Traven to a meeting on Catalina and accuses him of manuscript theft and homicide. Traven replies that the Sundance Kid, having escaped from his reputed death in Bolivia, killed Charlie. Tom crosses the desert to Tucson, tracking the person or ghost of the legendary outlaw. He meets a young Dust Bowl refugee intent on avenging the enslavement of his sister by an L.A. cop on temporary border duty in Yuma. Tom frees the sister, delivers the boy’s revenge, and becomes a fugitive, wanted for felony assault by the L.A.P.D., his now-former employer. What he learns in Tucson sends Tom up against powerful newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst. He hopes to enlist Leo, but instead Leo offers evidence that Tom’s father was a criminal. For Tom and his sister, both victims of Charlie’s wife, their crazy mother, what now? This is the final chapter in the Hickey saga that ranges across the 1900s.



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Chapter One

The abomination we call World War I cost about nine million lives. Then, before the survivors could dry their tears, an influenza epidemic wasted another twenty million of us.

Next came Prohibition. How the temperance peddlers swindled Congress into enacting such a law at that most ill-advised time, sensible folks found beyond comprehension. They knew full well booze was proven to lighten grief for a few hours.

Even preacher Aimee Semple McPherson, darling of puritans and future employer of Tom Hickey’s sister, quoted King Lemuel’s proverb, “Let them drink wine and remember their sorrows no more.”

Prohibition, a blunder of unfathomable magnitude, launched an era of violence beyond what even wild-west Los Angeles could abide. During the first six months of its reign, seventeen LAPD officers, two percent of the force, got shot down.

The police department, under Chief James Davis, turned its guns on renegades: bootleggers who failed to pay up, Communists, and “Wobblies,” agents of the Industrial Workers of the World. Whoever failed to abide the big shots’ rules.

Under Chief Davis, cops either played the big shots’ game or got the boot. During one shake-up, dozens found themselves dismissed on spurious misconduct charges.

One dismissal would’ve been Detective Tom Hickey, if not for the intercession of Port Commissioner Kent Parrot, the city’s kingpin political fixer.


Author Bio:

Ken Kuhlken’s stories have appeared in Esquire and dozens of other magazines and anthologies, been honorably mentioned in Best American Short Stories, and earned a National Endowment for the Arts Writing Fellowship. His novels have been chosen as an Ernest Hemingway Best First Fiction Book, a Private Eye Writers of America Best First Novel, and a Shamus Awards Best Novel. The novels are Midheaven and the Tom Hickey California Crime series.




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Friday, August 22, 2014

The Silent Girls by Eric Rickstad

The Silent Girls

by Eric Rickstad

on Tour October 27 - November 28, 2014



Tour Info:


Book Formats: ebooks though Edleweiss ONLY
Hosting Options: Review, Interview, Guest Post
Giveaway: Rafflecopter
Additional Info: Abortion may be a trigger




Book Details:


Genre: Horror
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: 10/28/2014
Number of Pages: 365
ISBN: 9780062351517
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Synopsis:

Frank Rath thought he was done with murder when he hung up his badge to become a private investigator. Then the police in the remote rural community of Canaan, the place he calls home, find an ‘89 Monte Carlo abandoned by the side of the road. And the beautiful teenage girl who owned the car seems to have disappeared without a trace. Soon, Rath is drawn into an investigation that will bring him face-to-face with the darkest abominations of the human soul.

With the secrets of his violent and painful past nipping at his heels, and young women with secrets vanishing one by one, Rath will learn that even the smallest towns on the map can’t hide from the Devil. Because the Devil…he’s everywhere



Read an excerpt:

The child stepped into the house and shut the door with a soft click. Its face hovered above the woman's. The woman reached up, clutched the mask's rubbery skin. Pulled. The mask would not come off. She dug her fingers in. Clawed. The mask stretched. The knife sliced. She tore at the mask, gasping. The child had been right. Monsters did exist.

Author Bio:

Eric Rickstad’s taut, chilling literary crime novels strip back the bucolic veneer of rural America and root around in its tragic underbelly. His first novel Reap was a New York Times Noteworthy Book first published by Viking Penguin. His novel THE SILENT GIRLS, from HarperCollins, will published October 28, 2014. His short stories and articles have appeared in many magazines and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He holds an MFA from the University of Virginia where he was a Hoyns Fellow and a Corse Fellow. He lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter, and is represented by Philip Spitzer of the Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency.

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