Biggest Liar in Los Angeles
Ken Kuhlken

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Narrated By: Ray Porter

Duration: 7 hours and 46 minutes

What to expect

In 1926, musician Tom Hickey reads in a broadside about a lynching that the Los Angeles newspapers failed to report and discovers that the Negro victim was an old friend. When his neighbor, an LAPD detective, confirms that, officially, the lynching didn’t occur, Hickey decides to investigate the murder. The investigation earns Tom beatings, gunfire meant to dissuade him, and warnings from a Klansman that he’s made some formidable enemies. Among them may be infamous Police Chief Two Gun Davis, Examiner publisher and political heavyweight William Randolph Hearst, and Harry Chandler, owner of the Times, who owns more land than any man in the world.

Genre

Crime and mystery fiction

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“James Ellroy fans will welcome Kuhlken's intriguing sixth California Century mystery…Kuhlken mixes historical and fictional characters with an ease that will remind many of Max Allan Collins's Nate Heller series. He's equally adept at melding the murder inquiry with Hickey's struggles with his dysfunctional family.”

Publishers Weekly

“Kuhlken demonstrates his command of keeping a story moving with a meticulously thought-out plot while populating it with believable characters.”

Library Journal (starred review)

“Features the same original plots and memorable characters that make Kuhlken's series so outstanding.”

Library Journal

“Readers will enjoy this fast-paced historical amateur sleuth mystery.”