Blues in the Night

Blues in the Night by Dick Lochte

A noir novel of redemption, a lightning-fast thrill ride, a witty whodunit and an edgy, no-holds-barred love story that reads like a modern day Maltese Falcon on steroids…by one of the most acclaimed and admired writers in crime fiction. 

David Mason (AKA Mace), a hardboiled ex-con, returns to Los Angeles after nine years to discover that the angels who gave the city its name have long since flown the coop. Instead, he finds a secret formula as deadly as it is priceless, a beautiful woman who may be deadlier than the formula, a ghost dog who prowls at night, an oddly likeable mobster whose life is on the line and assorted show biz flakes, CIA wheeler-dealers, international terrorists and eccentric home-grown leg-breakers.

Blues in the Night was a 2013 Shamus Award finalist for best novel of the year from the Private Eye Writers of America.


Books by Dick Lochte

Blues in the Night

Blues in the Night

A hard-boiled, Shamus Award-nominated novel of redemption, a lightning-fast thrill ride, a witty whodunit and an edgy, no-holds-barred love story that reads like a modern day "Maltese Falcon" on steroids...by one of the most acclaimed and admired writers in crime fiction.

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Sleeping Dog

Sleeping Dog

What happens when a hard-drinking, middle-aged PI teams up with a strong-willed 14-year-old searching for her lost dog? Find out in Dick Lochte’s suspense masterpiece – and one of the most acclaimed crime novels ever.

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Laughing Dog

Laughing Dog

Hardboiled private eye Leo Bloodworth and his teenage partner Serendipity Dahlquist are back in a wild and deadly new mystery you’re sure to love just as much as Dick Lochte’s award-winning thriller Sleeping Dog.

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Rappin’ Dog

Rappin’ Dog

A short story sequel to SLEEPING DOG and LAUGHING DOG. Big surprises await Serendipity Dahlquist and Leo Bloodworth when they're hired to protect rapper B.A. Dawg from death threats.

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Reviews For Blues in the Night

Blues in the Night 5.0

Mace is the real deal, a hardboiled, no-nonsense pro who knows how to handle himself, and yet is self-aware enough to know he has some serious chinks in his armor. But it's his snappy, sardonic Chandleresque take on La La Land-and the changes society and technology have gone through while he was in the joint-that really seal the deal. More please, Mr. Lochte.

Mystery Scene Magazine

Blues in the Night 5.0

Fast-paced and funny.

Kirkus Reviews

Blues in the Night 5.0

Tense, fast-moving crime novel from Nero Wolfe Award-winner Lochte… Tough, independent Mace is a wild card and one that Lochte should play again.

Publishers Weekly

Blues in the Night 5.0

Lochte turns in an excellent performance with this gritty solo effort. [A] solid, well crafted thriller with a likable protagonist and an engaging cast of supporting players.

Booklist

Blues in the Night 5.0

It's a twisty journey with surprises all along the way, and it's all told with zest and humor that kept me reading past the time when I usually turn off the lights. Lots of great L. A. local color, and colorful characters, too. You can't go wrong here

Bill Crider