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I've always loved Noir film and books.  I've always loved mysteries.   I believe Raymond Chandler is a great American writer.  I had to wind up writing mysteries.  It was always in the cards.

In April of 2013, Sam Russo, Private Eye, arrived in not one, but three books of noir hard-boiled mystery.  "Shadow Roll," "Good Dog, Bad Dog," and "The Girl in the Next Room," are all available now.


CASE 1
1948. Sam Russo, self-named and self-styled, would follow in the hard-boiled footsteps of Sam Spade, if he was hard-boiled. Up to his hocks in the murders of three young jockeys with both local cops and the track turning a blind eye, Sam is a closer. He's coming home if it kills him. Race horses, a gorgeous sassy dame, the Season at Saratoga, what more could a PI want?
To survive it. MORE...
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CASE 2
Sam Russo's first case brought him two good things: Jane, a yodeling dog, and Mrs. Willingford, a rich and sassy dame. Now back home in his crummy Staten Island room, all he wants is to relax, read books, and go to the movies. Fat chance. One knock on the door and he and Jane are careening down Broadway, in and out of one hit show after another, in hot pursuit of a giant killer. MORE...
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CASE 3
Holly lives in the shabby room next to Sam's. She's a man. He's a woman. Sam doesn't care. He likes Holly. His dog Jane likes Holly. Life is fine until a Lagonda rolls through Stapleton. Getting into that car, Holly's just turned the worst trick of her life. When Holly disappears, Russo and Jane find themselves lost in a sordid world of hidden mansions, a twisted social club, and high society secrets. MORE...
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I write.  It's what I do.  It's who I am.

I've written all my life.  At four, I produced my first book.  Five pages—written, illustrated, and sewn together by me—I called it THE RED PONY.  At four, I had no idea Steinbeck got there first.  Then came a long long loooong break during which I did anything and everything but write.  Looking back, I now see that break as the life I needed to live in order to be the writer I hoped I could be.  I'm not that writer.  But there's still time and I still keep trying.

I used to live in Marin County, California.  I used to live in Hawaii.   I used to live in New York City.  I used to live in Europe.  I used to live in Vermont.  Now I travel about and while I travel I write.  

Following on after creating my own Mary Magdalene in The Secret Magdalene, I wrote Flow Down Like Silver, a novel about the numinous and gifted Hypatia of Alexandria, a tragically ignored woman of towering intellect who searched through intellect for what the Magdalene knew in her heart.

The Secret Magdalene

listed at number five of the top historical novels of all time!

A few months after Hypatia flowed out into the world, I realized that the ancient Goddess and I were not done with each other, that I'd merely presented part of Her story by speaking of two women who, in the flesh, represented Her profound role in the world.  The Time of the Bee, my third and last book on the Divine Feminine, concerns itself with a time when the voice of the Goddess was not silenced.

At the same time, I took a huge left turn—you might even call it a "bend sinister"—into the murky half light of fantasy and horror.  The strange tale of Houdini Heart had been sneaking about in my psyche for years.  It, too, wanted out.  

And then along came SAM RUSSO, PRIVATE EYE. See above!

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A fan's homage to Houdini Heart...

And then there's this!



Ki Longfellow's books on Goodreads
The Secret Magdalene The Secret Magdalene
reviews: 207
ratings: 1204 (avg rating 4.06)

Flow Down Like Silver: Hypatia of Alexandria Flow Down Like Silver: Hypatia of Alexandria
reviews: 68
ratings: 461 (avg rating 4.45)

Houdini Heart Houdini Heart
reviews: 62
ratings: 302 (avg rating 4.43)

China Blues China Blues
reviews: 14
ratings: 84 (avg rating 4.25)


     



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