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BLUES IN THE NIGHT

Dick Lochte’s new novel is an edgy and twisted thriller about . . .
• a missing secret formula as priceless as it is deadly . . .
• a beautiful woman who may be deadlier than the formula . . .
• a surprisingly likeable mobster whose life is on the line . . .
• assorted show biz flakes, CIA wheeler-dealers, international terrorists and eccentric but effective home-grown leg-breakers . . .
• and a hero, David Mason (AKA Mace), a hardboiled ex-con returning to Los Angeles after nine years to discover that the angels who gave the city its name have long since flown the coop.

BLUES IN THE NIGHT is the latest adrenaline rush from award-winning writer Dick Lochte, whose novels have earned the praise of critics and many of his fellow writers, including Joseph Wambaugh, Robert Crais, Sue Grafton, Jonathan Kellerman, and Andrew Vachss, who wrote: “Pick your genre—police procedure, PI, whodunit, serial killer ... this guy can do them all. And all in the same book.” This time it’s a noir novel of redemption, a lightning-fast chase adventure, a whodunit, and a no-holds-barred love story that reads like a modern day Maltese Falcon on steroids.

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 SLEEPING DOG
AVAILABLE ON KINDLE
"OUTCLASSES, IN MANY WAYS, THE TALES OF RAYMOND CHANDLER, ROSS MACDONALD AND OTHER RENOWNED CALIFORNIA MYSTERY WRITERS."
-- Publishers Weekly

First Holmes and Watson, then Nero and Archie, Now Leo and Serendipity--two detectives, two narrative voices, twice as much sleuthing and double the fun.  Originally published in 1985, Sleeping Dog won the Nero Wolfe Award and was nominated for the Edgar, the Shamus, and the Anthony Awards. In 1999, the Independent Mystery Booksellers's Association named it one of their 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century!

"First, imagine Katherine Hepburn at fourteen. Next, in your mind's eye, replay Humphrey Bogart, at his middle-aged best, as Sam Spade. Now picture this oddest of couples as the newest duo in detective fiction and you'll have a perfect portrait of the memorable leads in Sleeping Dog."
--Los Angeles Times Book Review

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LAUGHING DOG
AVAILABLE ON KINDLE

Hardboiled private eye Leo Bloodworth and his self-appointed partner, fifteen-year-old Serendipity Dahlquist, are back in a wild and deadly new mystery that’s every bit as brilliant and memorable as SLEEPING DOG. This time, Leo and Serendipity are on the trail of a teenage runaway and a missing pair of sapphire earrings, two seemingly separate, increasingly dangerous cases rife with gang members, designer drugs, killer birds …and a terrorist plot that could plunge sunny Southern California into a permanent nuclear winter.

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DICK LOCHTE’S TWO ACCLAIMED NEW ORLEANS NOVELS - NOW BACK IN PRINT!


Blue Bayou
New Orleans Private Investigator Terry Manion, just out of drug and alcohol rehab, is hit by sobering news. His friend and mentor, J.J. Legendre, is dead and the cops are calling it suicide. Manion doesn’t buy it, but finding the truth is a tricky business in the Crescent City, where those connected with J.J. are rapidly becoming an endangered species. His quest is helped or hindered by an assortment of colorful characters including: a septuagenarian former madam, a Mafia don and his politically-correct son, an opera-loving hit man, a rogue cop who went to grammar school with Manion, a Southern beauty whose favorite drink is champagne and vodka with a coke chaser, a Cajun Romeo and Juliet, and a bestselling author who has earmarked Manion as his next subject.

Finally, there’s Blue Bayou, a supposedly magical section of Louisiana swampland that is as treacherous as it is beautiful, an eerie place from which no one leaves untouched -- if they are able to leave at all.


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The Neon Smile
When New Orleans PI Terry Manion agrees to work for Pierre Reynaldo, the king of exploitation TV, he winds up reopening a case the NOPD slammed shut thirty years before -- the racially motivated murder of Tyrone Pano, a black militant leader. The more Manion learns about the case, the more personal it becomes. Both his father and his mentor, J.J. Legendre, had ties to Pano that might have been better left buried.

THE NEON SMILE takes the reader back to 1965, a fateful year for Legendre, then a young, cynical homicide detective working the Pano case and a series of brutal murders committed by a cool killer who models his crimes after a 19th Century slayer known as The Meddler. Legendre seems to have put an end to the Meddler’s reign of terror. But decades later, Manion’s probing into the Pano murder brings the Meddler back to life, exposing thirty years of fear, corruption and violence.

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Croaked!

Dick’s early years at Playboy helped him to write this wild and woolly whodunit set in a men’s magazine in Hollywood in the 1960s.

THE REVIEWS
“A splashy, sexy, swingin’ adventure.” -- Donald Pitt, Booklist

“Lochte serves up a giddy romp that's … never dull.” -- Kirkus Reviews

“A breezy, brisk spoof of a popular gentlemen’s magazine (where) interoffice politics, sex, drugs, centerfold shoots and general anarchy reign.” -- Mystery Scene magazine

“One of the fifteen best mysteries of the year.” -- Jon Breen in The Mystery in 2007

“Lochte creates memorable, quirky characters that are fun and entertaining.” -- Crime Spree magazine

THE BILLY BLESSING SERIES
These humorous entertainment world mysteries by Dick and Al Roker feature morning show co-host and Manhattan restaurateur Billy Blessing who always seems to find murder on the set or on the menu.
 


The Morning Show Murders

“A solid, exciting crime novel … snappy prose and well developed characters will leave readers wanting to see more of Blessing.” -- Publishers Weekly

“A crisp puzzler. Crackling dialogue and well-crafted settings.” -- Kirkus Reviews

“A witty and thrilling debut.” -- Romantic Times

“A funny, funny, very funny mystery that gallops along and has several cool twists.” -- James Patterson

“Required reading.” -- New York Post

“Terrific plot, fast, funny and full of action and adventure with even a touch of steamy romance.” -- Janet Evanovich

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The Midnight Show Murders

“Great fun, full of nifty twists and turns.” -- Carl Hiaasen

“The laughs are frequent and belly deep, and the personable tone is akin to a television mystery/comedy like The Rockford Files or Columbo.” -- BookPage

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The Talk Show Murders
(PAPERBACK EDITION NOW AVAILABLE!)

“As well-paced and thoughtfully prepared as an Alice Waters tasting menu.” -- Kirkus Reviews

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THE LOS ANGELES LEGAL THRILLER QUARTET
These crime novels by Dick and attorney Christopher Darden offer a suspenseful inside look at the Los Angeles criminal justice system.
 


The Trials of Nikki Hill
(featuring Deputy District Attorney Nikki Hill and LAPD Homicide Detective Virgil Sykes)

“Twists and tension … a whiplash plot.” -- People magazine

“O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden knows the L.A. legal system like the back of his hand.” -- Entertainment Weekly

“A genuinely suspenseful crime novel with a charismatic heroine and a cast of well-drawn supporting characters.” -- Booklist
   


L.A. Justice
(a Nikki Hill/Virgil Sykes novel)

“(A) high-octane legal thriller … the kind of frenzied page-turner many authors aspire to and few deliver.” -- Publishers Weekly

“An exciting topical legal thriller.” -- Chicago Tribune

“A sizzling page-turner … The story is pure dynamite with a solution that will knock your socks off.” -- Romantic Times
   


The Last Defense
(featuring defense attorney Mercer Early)


“Nonstop action from courtroom to barroom to bedroom … a fast ride with a jolting, surprise finish.”

“A blockbuster legal thriller, crammed to the gills with pith, moment, racial insights, courtroom chicanery, sexual shenanigans and countless other delights.” -- Chicago Tribune

“Exciting and engrossing … This crime-fiction dream team ‘s most satisfying work yet … worthy of legal thriller masters such as Steve Martini and John Lescroart.” -- OC Metro magazine
 


Lawless
(a Mercer Early mystery)

“A crackerjack crime yarn (that) offers an embarrassment of riches. -- Publishers Weekly

“A wildly entertaining rollercoaster ride through L.A. legal corridors.” -- Booklist
 
 
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