This beloved, comedy-noir thriller teams up Leo Bloodworth, a hard-drinking, middle-aged Los Angeles PI with hypertension and a low tolerance for precious teenagers, with Serendipity Dahlquist, a bright and strong-willed roller-blading 14-year-old searching for her lost dog. But things quickly escalate, plunging the oddest of odd couples into the dark underworld of sunny Southern California and pitting them against one of the biggest, and most brutal, organized crime families in Mexico.
It's the 1960s...and a writer for a wild men's magazine is finds himself entangled in mystery and murder in this irreverent, tricky whodunit.
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.
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.
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.
What a tale it is . . . funny, fresh, a winner
Outclasses, in many ways, the tales of Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald and other renowned California mystery writers
Arresting entertainment . . . Balancing violence and humor is no easy feat. Yet Lochte has done it, and done it well
Few capture California better
A first novel that is original, that moves alertly along; that has considerable charm as well as action; that has believable characters and elegant writing; that has moments of high humor and some black humor