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Ken Kuhlken's Books

The Biggest Liar in Los Angeles
May.01.2010
  In May of 1926, celebrity evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson went swimming at Ocean Park beach and vanished, presumed drowned. Millions mourned or prayed for her miraculous return. On June 23, she walked out of the Mexican desert and crossed the border into Douglas, Arizona. Though her kidnapped story convinced her followers, the district attorney didn’t buy it. He summoned...
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Feb.15.2008
THE VAGABOND VIRGINS, Baja California, 1979A Holy Virgin, or a convincing fraud, appears in Mexico, dedicating herself to the overthrow of the corrupt and tyrannical Partido Revolucionario Institutional. And a woman who claims to be the Virgin’s sister brings San Diego law student and private investigator Alvaro Hickey a chance to help reform the country of his birth.Alvaro's got...
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Dec.01.2007
San Diego, 1942Following Pearl Harbor, Tom Hickey and a partner open a supper club, Rudy's Hacienda, in downtown San Diego, a few blocks from the harbor. The club begins to make Tom wealthy. He's glad to be making money. His wife Madeline, part gold-digger, has wearied of living in decent but modest circumstances.  Tom's ticket to wealth is Cynthia Moon, the club's jazz singer who...
The Loud Adios
Oct.01.2007
The Loud Adios, San Diego, 1943 Private Investigator Tom Hickey, now an army corporal military assigned to the U.S./Mexico border, accompanies Private Clifford Rose to a Tijuana nightclub where Clifford claims they will find his sister Wendy. The nightclub is aptly named Hell. Wendy, dancing naked on the stage, appears so lost and innocent, Tom agrees to help rescue her from the...
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Sep.15.2007
It is the winter of 1949: Tom and Wendy Hickey are at peace in their Lake Tahoe cabin awaiting the birth of their first child. Wendy is young and delicate and her unworldly innocence and faith in her "angels" provide her with a stronger shield against evil than Tom's devotion and the gun he sometimes carries.
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Oct.01.2006
THE DO-RE-MI, a Northern California folk festival, 1972Evergreen is a different town than the last time Clifford Hickey visited, only a year ago. Then it was an Eden, a garden of peace and delights, of music and lovely hippies sharing all they had. Now it's the site of a range war. Bikers have descended upon the place to poach from the hippies' marijuana plantations. And a home...
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Oct.01.2006
THE DO-RE-MI, a Northern California folk festival, 1972Evergreen is a different town than the last time Clifford Hickey visited, only a year ago. Then it was an Eden, a garden of peace and delights, of music and lovely hippies sharing all they had. Now it's the site of a range war. Bikers have descended upon the place to poach from the hippies' marijuana plantations. And a home...