Bad News and Trouble

Bad News and Trouble by Maxine O'Callaghan

Shamus Award nominee and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America.

Before Kinsey Millhone, Sharon McCone and V.I. Warshawski, there was Delilah West, the sensitive, gutsy and resourceful private eye who shattered the boundaries of mystery fiction…starting with the ground-breaking short stories in this collection.


Books by Maxine O'Callaghan

Down for the Count

Down for the Count

It's tough times for P.I. Delilah West. She kills a mass shooter at a shopping mall, is hired by a twelve year-old to find his missing Dad...and then she and her wealthy boyfriend's teenage daughter are taken hostage by a brutal kidnapper. But Delilah's troubles are only just beginning...

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Trade Off

Trade Off

Delilah West is hired to find a missing teenager, who may have witnessed the murder of her next-door neighbor and could be on-the-run from the killer...if the she isn't dead already. 

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Set Up

Set Up

The fourth book in the ground-breaking series. PI Delilah West tries to clear the name of a dead woman framed for embezzlement…and becomes the target of a letter bomber.

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Hit and Run

Hit and Run

PI Delilah West is jogging on a rain-slicked road when a speeding Trans Am clips her and mows down an old man. But things take a bizarre turn when the driver’s mother hires Delilah to clear her teenage son of the hit & run killing that Delilah witnessed. Or did she?

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Reviews For Bad News and Trouble

Bad News and Trouble 5.0

The feisty West is considered one of the first of the modern women PIs and 
also one of the grittiest

Los Angeles Times

Bad News and Trouble 5.0

O'Callaghan writes about a hard, almost harsh, female detective who will take on the world to solve her case. This is walking, talking noir and there's not a lot of good noir left in the world. She's a master of the craft.

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