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Critical acclaim has greeted Alan Russell's novels from coast to coast. Publisher's Weekly calls him, "One of the best writers in the mystery field today. The New York Times says, "He has a gift for dialogue," while the Los Angeles Times calls him, "A crime fiction rara avis." Russell's ten novels have ranged from whodunits to comedic capers to suspense, and his works have been nominated for most of the major awards in crime fiction. His novels have garnered him a Critics' Choice Award, The Lefty (awarded to the best humorous mystery of the year), and two San Diego Book Awards. A native and long-time resident of California, Alan Russell is a former college basketball player who these days barely can touch the rim. A proud father of three children, Russell is an avid gardener and cook, and fortunately is blessed with a spouse who doesn't mind weeding or washing dishes.

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Burning Man (A Gideon and Sirius Novel Book 1)
by Alan Russell
LAPD cop Michael Gideon and his police dog partner Sirius became reluctant celebrities after capturing a notorious serial killer in the midst of an inferno. For their heroism, they were chosen to head up the newly formed Special Cases Unit. Now the duo tackles out-of-the-ordinary cases, anything deemed unusual or bizarre even by...
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Guardians of the Night (A Gideon and Sirius Novel Book 2)
by Alan Russell
As the sole members of LAPD’s Special Cases Unit, Detective Michael Gideon and his German shepherd partner Sirius work investigations considered bizarre even by Los Angeles’s standards. Yet their latest case is more than strange—it might be out of this world.Ronald “Wrong” Pauley is a homeless man long fallen from grace. When...
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The Hotel Detective: A laugh-out-loud beachside mystery (A Hotel Detective Mystery Book 1)
by Alan Russell
Take your summer vacation with this laugh-out-loud beachside mystery set at a landmark California hotel. "Recommended with absolutely no reservations!" ― Orange County Register When the security director of the posh Hotel California abruptly departs, assistant manager Am Caulfield steps into the role. The newbie hotel detective...
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Gideon's Rescue (A Gideon and Sirius Novel Book 4)
by Alan Russell
An LAPD detective and his K-9 partner are caught in a serial killer's twisted game. Something wicked his way comes… LAPD detective Michael Gideon and his German shepherd K-9 partner, Sirius, walked through fire to catch an infamous serial killer, and Gideon is still paying the price with his PTSD fire dreams. To assist the...
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L.A. Woman (A Gideon and Sirius Novel Book 5)
by Alan Russell
LAPD detective Michael Gideon and his K-9 partners try to outmaneuver not one but two serial killers, while investigating the suspicious death of a woman who belonged to a cult. When a woman in Bel Air dies of a rattlesnake bite, the case doesn’t seem to fit the usual purview of LAPD’s Special Cases Unit. But Carrie Holder was no...
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L.A. Woman (A Gideon and Sirius Novel Book 5)
by Alan Russell
LAPD detective Michael Gideon and his K-9 partners try to outmaneuver not one but two serial killers, while investigating the suspicious death of a woman who belonged to a cult. When a woman in Bel Air dies of a rattlesnake bite, the case doesn’t seem to fit the usual purview of LAPD’s Special Cases Unit. But Carrie Holder was no...
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No Sign of Murder: A Private Investigator Stuart Winter Novel (Stuart Winter Novels Book 1)
by Alan Russell
“Chilling...satisfying...offers up tasty tidbits of San Francisco lore . . . [Russell] has a gift for dialogue, slyly using it to reveal character.” — New York Times Book Review San Francisco P.I. Stuart Winter looks into the death of a young, deaf heiress who volunteered as a sign language instructor—for a gorilla who may...
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Lost Dog (A Gideon and Sirius Novel Book 3)
by Alan Russell
Detective Michael Gideon is used to being handed L.A.’s oddest cases, but his newest one assigned itself. When Gideon’s K-9 partner, Sirius, rescues a lost dog from a pack of coyotes, the duo tries to return her home—only to discover her owner is missing. Heather Moreland has clearly disappeared under suspicious circumstances...
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The Fat Innkeeper: Winner of the Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery (A Hotel Detective Mystery Book 2)
by Alan Russell
Enjoy an instant beach vacation with this hilarious oceanside mystery set at a posh California resort. Winner of the Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Critics’ Choice Award Winner The fog isn’t the only thing wreaking havoc at La Jolla’s landmark Hotel California. A prankster has been hiring employees for nonexistent...
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Shame
by Alan Russell
Although it’s been many years since the death of his father—an infamous serial killer known as Shame—Caleb Parker still struggles to free himself from his father’s dark shadow. Caleb wishes only for a normal life without being branded a “killer’s son,” but his dreams are shattered when a new string of murders surfaces that...
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St. Nick
by Alan Russell
When Santa Claus is a cop, you better watch out. It’s not looking like a very merry Christmas for San Diego cop Nick Pappas. Suspended from his job, alienated from his family, and persecuted by the press, he’s sorely tempted to turn his gun on himself. Except for his first name, he couldn’t possibly have less in common with...
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Multiple Wounds
by Alan Russell
Holly Troy's mind is a complex maze of myth and reality, multiple personalities vying for time in the spotlight. As an artist, she is creative and compelling. As a witness, she is painfully unreliable, unsure of even which person she was the night of the murder. Even Holly can’t be sure of her own innocence. Homicide detective Orson...
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A Cold War
by Alan Russell
Nina Granville believes her business trip to Alaska will give her a short respite from the merry-go-round that came with her engagement to Congressman Terrence Donnelly. But instead of allowing her the peace she craves, Nina’s getaway from the public eye means that no one witnesses her abduction into a very cold hell.Taken by a...
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Road Kill:: Mystery Authors on the Book Signing Circuit
by Alan Russell, Ken Kuhlken
Road Kill introduces Ken Kuhlken and Alan Russell, mystery writers on an epic journey to convince readers to buy their books. But allied against them are dark forces possibly led by the competition. Read on for evidence. On My Top Ten List! “My biggest regret in retiring from the FBI is that I can’t put these two jokers behind...
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Exposure
by Alan Russell
Capturing the seedy and sordid side of life isn’t anything new for photojournalist-turned-paparazzo Graham Wells. But when a shoot turns deadly—secretly causing the car crash that takes the lives of two beloved public figures—he knows the ensuing media spotlight could easily destroy him. Fortunately, no one else knows his shameful...
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The Homecoming
by Alan Russell
Seven years ago, young Stella Pierce vanished from the face of the earth. Now her grieving, broken family—along with Detective Orson Cheever, who never stopped working her case—is stunned by her mysterious return. The now-teenage girl claims to have spent her missing years in the company of Travelers—extraterrestrial...
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