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Ken Kuhlken

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Ken Kuhlken's stories have appeared in ESQUIRE and numerous other magazines, been honorably mentioned in BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES, and earned a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

With Alan Russell, in the novella NO CATS, NO CHOCOLATE, Ken has chronicled the madness of book promotion tours.

His novels are MIDHEAVEN, finalist for the Ernest Hemingway Award for best first fiction book, and the Hickey family mysteries: THE LOUD ADIOS, Private Eye Writers of America Press Best First PI Novel; THE VENUS DEAL; THE ANGEL GANG; THE DO-RE-MI, finalist for the Shamus Best Novel Award; THE VAGABOND VIRGINS; THE BIGGEST LIAR IN LOS ANGELES, San Diego Book Awards Best Mystery; and THE GOOD KNOW NOTHING.

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Ken Kuhlken My friend Michael Baumann, a refugee from Hitler's Germany, became an expert on the novelist B. Traven (a pen name, as the author zealously guarded…moreMy friend Michael Baumann, a refugee from Hitler's Germany, became an expert on the novelist B. Traven (a pen name, as the author zealously guarded his anonymity). Mike came to feel certain that "Traven" was Ret Marut, a German socialist who fled to avoid prosecution after WWI. But Mike's felt just as certain that The Death Ship and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre were actually collaborations by Marut and a mysterious American.

One morning, I awoke to the realization that the mysterious American might be Charlie Hickey, father of detective Tom Hickey.
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Ken Kuhlken Long ago, I was in Mexico City and came upon a young woman who was involved planning a student movement to make demands of the government. A few…moreLong ago, I was in Mexico City and came upon a young woman who was involved planning a student movement to make demands of the government. A few months later, after I was back home in the U.S., the Mexican government killed hundreds and jailed hundreds more of the movement's students. My thoughts about her and what became of her are part of the novel I hope to finish this summer. It's the final book (book 10) of my Tom Hickey historical mystery series.(less)
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Like all of us these days, I get too much email. I sign up for something and emails from a dozen purveyors of similar somethings invade my inbox. So I find myself depending upon headlines, which I know very well is an unsound practice given that charlatans are often the best headline writers.


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Beth Hi Ken,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery author here as well as in real-life!


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