Secret Identity

Secret Identity is an exposé of comic publishing in the 1970s by someone that was there. But it also is a feminist statement and a full-blown female noir. I can’t imagine a better book for my tastes. It’s 1975. New York City is at its grimy and murderous best. CarmenContinue Reading

Bad Scene

Travel back to 1978 San Francisco. The summer of love is long over. The dot com bubble is decades away. It’s a city filled with poverty, drugs and biker gangs. The Rolling Stones have a disco hit, Missing You, for goodness sakes! It is a Bad Scene, man. Baaaad. PrivateContinue Reading

Deep Into the Dark

“Predators, prey, parasites – that was Los Angeles in three words, and more often than not, it was hard to make a distinction between them.”—from Deep into the Dark Sam is a wounded soldier back from Afghanistan fighting intense PTSD nightmares. Despite having an engineering degree, Sam works at theContinue Reading

The Lady Upstairs

Jo and Lou are modern-day grifters. Blackmailing men for their sexual exploits has never been easier during the #metoo movement. But Jo owes The Lady Upstairs a debt for a previous scam that went wrong. With the due date approaching, Jo begins to wonder about what happened to the previousContinue Reading

Blacktop Wasteland

Beauregard, Bug for short, owns an auto repair shop in a small rural town. But what he loves is driving—driving fast. Street racing for money. Driving criminal gangs away from the scene of their crimes. Because the only fun in this Blacktop Wasteland is speed. Life has hit Bug hard.Continue Reading

The Rabbit Hunter

Swedish Detective Joona Linna is back in another twisty, dark and violent police procedural chasing a diabolical serial killer called The Rabbit Hunter. Saga Bauer, an officer in the Swedish Security Police specializing in counterterrorism, is investigating the savage murder of the Swedish Foreign Minister. The Minister was in theContinue Reading

Lady in the Lake

“Alive, I was Cleo Sherwood. Dead, I became the Lady in the Lake, a nasty broken thing.” Maddie is feeling unfulfilled in her life as a full-time wife and mother of one. It’s 1965, when women can dream of careers—and Maddie is a good dreamer. She leaves her husband ofContinue Reading

After She's Gone

After She’s Gone was named Best Swedish Crime Novel for good reason—realistic characterizations, a compelling mystery, and a haunting setting. Swedish Police Detective Malin is called back to her rural hometown to investigate the murder of a five-year-old girl. Ironically, Malin found the girl’s skeleton eight years earlier when onlyContinue Reading