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Sunday school teacher plots murder.
A fugitive from a manslaughter charge returns home to a foggy California beach town hoping to protect his sister from her estranged husband, a mob-connected gambler. He enlists the help of his closest old friend, now a devoted Christian family man. After exploring all options, they decide the only sure way to protect the sister is to kill the gambler.
"Newport Ave is a water-tight thriller and an elegy to friendship. It possesses the qualities of Dennis Lehane's best- the same sense of long-seasoned relationships, unrealized expectations, and even a kind of grace. I finished it just two days ago and could start it again right now." - Timothy Hallinan, author of the Poke Rafferty Bangkok thrillers and the Junior Bender Mysteries
"Newport Ave, is riveting classic noir, teeming with suspense arising from questions we all face: how loyal are we; how willing to sacrifice; how deep is our love. Beautifully written and intriguing at every turn, this novel will linger in your mind and heart. A winner " - Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling novelist.
About the Author
Some of Ken's favorites are early mornings, the desert in spring, kind and honest people, baseball and other sports played by those who don't take themselves too seriously, most kids, and films he and his Zoe can enjoy together. He reads classic novels, philosophy, theology, and all sorts of mysteries. On his blog, he offers some hard truths and encouragement about living as a writer. He has long been the author of novels, stories, articles, poems, and essays. Lots of honors have come his way, including a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship; Poets, Essayists and Novelist's Ernest Hemingway Award; Private Eye Writers of America Best First Novel and Shamus Best Novel; and several San Diego and Los Angeles Book Awards. Though he advocates beer in a video, he actually prefers Scotch.