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; THE GOOD KNOW NOTHING; and his latest, THE VERY LEAST and THE ANSW
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Ken Kuhlken Sometimes I feel inspired, and sometimes I don't. But it's my job.

Last evening while driving home from dropping my Zoe off at Dave and Busters, I had …more
Sometimes I feel inspired, and sometimes I don't. But it's my job.

Last evening while driving home from dropping my Zoe off at Dave and Busters, I had what felt like a sudden revelation that told me my job is to explore the question proposed by Francis Schaeffer in the title of his book How Then Shall We Live.

My job is to simply suppose that the words of Christ as given in the Bible could be true and that our eternal destiny just might depend upon our attitudes and actions and then ask how then shall we live, and to write my stories with that question in mind.

Then first thing this morning I read in the New York Times about a scientist who suggested the answer to the question does God exist might lie within the reach of forthcoming technology. Still, he said, “’I’m not worried about the answer. I’m worried about the journey".

And I thought, same here.

A few minutes later I checked email and found your question,

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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 hi…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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What Can I Do?

My friend Ralph directed me to Jeremiah 5:21 and 5:26 – 28: Jeremiah 5:21 “Hear this, you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear: . . . 26-29 “Among my people are the wicked who lie in wait like men who snare birds and like those who set traps to catch people. Like cages full of birds, their houses are full of deceit.


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


Hi Beth, Sorry it took me so long to reply. I have been lost in many times and places. Onward, Ken


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Ken Kuhlken Kris wrote: "Hey, Ken. Good to connect with you here.

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Magical Alienation: A Samantha Brennan and Annabelle Haggerty Magical Mystery"



Hi Kris. As usual, I'm lost in time. Good to hear from you. Ken


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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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