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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 Here's a quote from a favorite writer of mine: “A person with originality comes along, and consequently does not say: one must take the world as it…moreHere's a quote from a favorite writer of mine: “A person with originality comes along, and consequently does not say: one must take the world as it is, but: whatever the world may be, I remain true to my own originality, which I do not intend to change according to the good pleasure of the world. The moment that word is heard, there is as it were a transformation in the whole of existence . . ."
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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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The Loud Adios
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Some people appear to us with such perfect timing, and serve us in such dramatic ways, we can hardly be faulted for believing��they might be something like angels.


Judith Moore was one of those people.


If you’re a writer and you ever make a lot of money, put some of it aside, as the day may arrive when the checks stop coming, for while or for good. More than a few times, I’ve gotten to the last n...

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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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