THE RAVE REVIEWS
BLUES IN THE NIGHT
“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.
-- KEVIN BURTON SMITH in MYSTERY SCENE MAGAZINE
“Fast-paced and funny.”
-- KIRKUS REVIEW
“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
has long been one of my favorite writers and this time out
he's delivered a five star thriller that will stay with you
for a long time after you close the covers."
-- ED GORMAN'S BLOG
"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'S POP CULTURE MAGAZINE
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IN MANY WAYS, THE TALES OF RAYMOND CHANDLER, ROSS MACDONALD
AND OTHER RENOWNED CALIFORNIA MYSTERY WRITERS."
-- Publishers Weekly
TALE IT IS . . . funny, fresh, a winner."
-- Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
ENTERTAINMENT . . . Balancing violence and humor is no easy
feat. Yet Lochte has done it, and done it well."
-- Los Angeles Times Book Review
CAPTURE CALIFORNIA BETTER."
-- Kirkus Reviews
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."
-- New York Times Book Review
YOUR FAITH in girls and dogs and Sam Spade."
-- New York Daily News
DELIGHTFUL SCREWBALL MYSTERY . . . funny, witty, wonderful."
-- Sacramento Bee
DOG IS FUNNY AND STRONG AND A JOY TO READ."
-- Robert B. Parker
SERENDIPITY DAHLQUIST DOESN'T ROLLER-SKATE INTO YOUR HEART,
you don't have one . . . Imagine a cross between The Maltese
Falcon and The Catcher in the Rye."
-- Warren Murphy
DUO OF PRIVATE EYES AS WONKY AND OFFBEAT as the mind of Dick
-- Harlan Ellison
“A GUARANTEED DELIGHT. Written with fine style and
wit, Dick Lochte’s LAUGHING DOG provides an
intriguing plot and indelible characters.
-- ROSS THOMAS
“WITH GREAT FLAIR and a deft comic touch, Dick Lochte
has created something new under the L.A. sun.
-- LOS ANGELES HERALD-EXAMINER
“Surpasses the already brilliant SLEEPING DOG. Long
live Dick Lochte’s menagerie.”
-- ROGER L. SIMON
“SENSATIONAL WRITING, mordant wit, an intricate crime
puzzle, and a duo of private eyes as wonky and
offbeat as the mind of Dick Lochte.”
-- HARLAN ELLISON
“INTELLIGENT, PLAYFUL, KNOWLEDGEABLE ... Lochte has a
great gift for the grotesquerie.”
-- JOSEPH HANSEN in THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
“DELICIOUSLY HUMOROUS and touching moments that
contrast sharply with the evil deeds of villains
whose aliases – George Kerby, Roger Thornhill, etc. –
offer clues to movie buffs.”
-- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
-- Los Angeles Times
“GRITTY … RICH … Add a new name to the top-shelf writers
Using New Orleans as their home base: Dick Lochte … BLUE
BAYOU has the same kind of imagination as prime Elmore
Leonard and even vintage Richard Condon.”
-- Chicago Tribune
“A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE OF THE BIG EASY … Lochte is a
superb writer. In BLUE BAYOU he is at his best.”
-- John Lutz
“More fun than a front-row seat at Mardi Gras.”
-- The Denver Post
THE NEON SMILE
"The Neon Smile is as colorful and entertaining as any
police thriller ever inspired by the fascinating and
fantastical Big Easy. This big story would make a great
-- JOSEPH WAMBAUGH
"I couldn't put The Neon Smile down! Terry Manion grabbed me
on page one and pulled me deeper and tighter with every
passing line! Dick Lochte is an artist; the book is
literate, intelligent, funny, loving and a helluva good
read. I'm from Louisiana, and I can tell you for a fact that
no one evokes the feel and atmosphere of that humid, gaudy
place and its people better than Lochte. Do I sound like a
Dick Lochte fan? Bet your ass I am."
-- ROBERT CRAIS
"Dick Lochte is a superb craftsman and the mystery serves
him well. The Neon Smile, with its tantalizing blend of past
and present, is Dick Lochte at his best. Well done."
-- SUE GRAFTON
"The Neon Smile is Dick Lochte's magnum opus, rich with so
many winning elements -- multigenerational, political and
financial corruption, police procedure, psychopathic murder,
and a wonderfully perverse New Orleans atmosphere. Lochte
pulls it all together flawlessly."
-- JONATHAN KELLERMAN
"Dick Lochte's long hard stare at that old bawd New Orleans
reveals an intriguing mystery that spans two generations.
Extremely well written and cunningly plotted, The Neon Smile
is quality stuff."
-- ROSS THOMAS
"I'm mad for The Neon Smile. Dick Lochte does things with
the private eye novel most writers never even thought about.
A wonderful, twisty tale with an insider's view of New
Orleans and characters you just can't get out of your head."
-- JULIE SMITH
"Lochte more than doubles the cerebral challenges and
literary pleasures in this second appearance of New Orleans
PI Terry Manion . . . Over a dozen richly drawn characters
populate this story -- from a madam-turned-PI to a black
artist who renders Mona Lisa in neon -- all set against the
grotesque and corrupt backdrops of 1965 and 1995 New
Orleans. Chockful of dark humor, wordplay and subtle clues,
the novel is rich enough to reward multiple readings."
-- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)
"Ingeniously structured and plotted . . . (Lochte) returns
to New Orleans and captures it to the last levee-sided
beignet at dawn. In fact, Lochte has become one of the
city's prime delineators."
-- LOS ANGELES TIMES