A Seattle electrician shockingly discovers a dead body on the floor, above a garage, in an upscale Madison Park neighborhood. Instead of dialing the police he calls a local radio station to tell the world that he has found America's missing rock icon, Cory Fontaine, with a shotgun on top of his body. Police respond soon enough and find a suicide note which sets the tone and priority for the official investigation. Homicide detectives dismissed the case as not worthy of their attention, so they regelated the investigation to patrol officers to collect evidence, take photographs and process the scene.
Months later, Sergeant Paul Barnett is startled out of sleep by loud noises only he can hear. His doctor dismisses the phenomena as 'exploding head syndrome' and calls it benign. Barnett shares his problem with vetran officer, Allison Dickson, a former Marine with spiked hair and piercings, while telling her he's had second thoughts on the official version of Fontain's death report, which left his flamboyant wife, Kim Darling, with a veritable fortune. And now, Barnett and Dickson have been called to investigate another suspicious drug overdose. This one happens to be the bassist in Kim Darling's rock group. Is it a coincidence or something far more sinister?
"Excellent reading! I'd love to get this defendant in the courtroom and put her butt on the stand. She'd have a lot of explaining to do. Well done!" —Anne Bremner
"Low's calculated police procedural brings a sense of sanity to Crazy Love."—Don Roff, Author of Snowblind
The 7th Title in the Alan Stewart and Vera Deward Mystery Series!
1941—The sleepy town of Hunter's Point is torn apart when six friends with lose morals are discovered brutally murdered in an apparent home invasion. The shocking crime scene reveals that the friends were involved in illegal gambling and bootleg alcohol. Almost immediately, the tight-knit farming community turns against the slain—dismissing the crime and chalking their deaths up to the wages of their sins. Only one man, local County Sheriff, Robin Blankenbill, seems interested in seeking justice for the slain, but frustratd by his community and with very few leads he is forced to seek the help of Seattle's best detectives, Alan Stewart and Vera Deward.
“Again Neil Low spares no expense in a gripping yarn for Wages of Sin. A darker and more sinister mystery than his previous novels-and inspired in pOnceart by a shocking true crime- the detective work of Alan Stewart and Vera Deward makes us glad they're on our side. As I kept reading, I wished these literary detectives were real. The book has an authentic feel for police procedural-which comes as obvious since a full-time cop wrote it. From Wages of Sin's opening pages, Low binds us tighter than a murderer's knot.”
—Don Roff, author Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection
The 6th Title in the Alan Stewart and Vera Deward Mystery Series!
A birthday celebration at Seattle's historic Paramount Theater turns tragis when a fire erupts, leaving behind smoldering clues and a magician burned beyond recognition. When the smoke clears, the detective pair of Alan Stewart and Vera Deward once again find themselves thrust into the depths of an international mystery. Frustrated by a performance troupe of Russian Emigres, magicians and dancers who may know more than they are willing to say, Alan and Vera seek the help of the famous psychic, Alexander-The Man Who Knows All. Will he be able to shed light on this mystery or is he just another smoke and mirror illustionist? As the body count continues to climb, Alan and Vera employ hard-knock detective techniquess, psychic predictions, potions and good old-fashioned sleuthing to unravel the clues and find that in the world of magic, slight-of-hand and treachery go much further than the stage.
“Once again, Vera Deward and Alan Stewart are on the case, this time solving brutal crimes in Seattle's historic Paramount Theater, Orpheum Theater, and the Moore Theater. As it is with all of Low's fatal fables in this series, they crack with the verisimilitude of a real-life police detective. It's like he is taking diction from Hell. On the boards or off, Low's Theatre of the Crime is a show-stopper .” —Don Roff, author Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection
The 5th Title in the Alan Stewart and Vera Deward Mystery Series!
The idyllic calm of Green Lake is shattered when a young carpenter stumbles upon a partially-clothed starlet’s body. The victim, Audrey Lockhart, a beautiful young woman with visions of Hollywood in her eyes, a reputation of making male friends too easily and a fiery nature, also happens to be the niece of King County Commissioner Dan Lockhart.
Once more detectives Alan Stewart and Vera Deward are called upon to use their unique combination of old-fashioned sleuthing, hard knocks and bruised knuckles to solve the heinous crime. Descending into the depths of depravity, they fight their way through gambling dens, the Chinese underground and the Seattle Waterfront uncovering the fact that sometimes, blood is thicker than water.
“A new high for Low! With Deadly Attraction, Neil Low offers up another fine mystery with master sleuths Vera Deward and Alan Stewart scoping out corrupt, World War Two-Era Seattle. Each successive chapter draws a bead on the reader, fires round after round of adrenaline-packed action and mystique, and delivers a final kill shot with unbearable, cliffhanging suspense. Low’s mastery of prose and detective-like attention to detail makes this deadly yarn a unique edition to the hard-boiled genre. No other author could ever write this book quite like Low does.” —Don Roff, author Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection
The 4th Title in the Alan Stewart and Vera Deward Mystery Series!
SEATTLE 1948: Despite dubious wounds, including two .38 slugs to the face, Police Officer Charles “Hacksaw” Sawyer’s death is ruled a suicide. Suspecting something far more sinister, Chief of Detectives Mike Ketchum attempts to dig a little deeper until he is ordered by his superiors to leave the crime alone. Unable to let matters lie, Ketchum once again turns to private detectives Alan Stewart and Vera Deward.
Unaided by the police, and thwarted by the underworld, Alan and Vera race to unravel clues that lead them through opium dens, tattoo parlors and the region’s most infamous pleasure palace. Along the way, they uncover a long list of suspects that include forty or more police officers, convicted bootleggers put out of business by Sawyer during his recent tenure on the Dry Squad, and the godfather of Chinatown’s largest pleasure emporium, Goon Dip Wong. Can Alan and Vera outwit both sides of the law to solve the mystery that no one wants solved or will they fall prey to the same forces that brought down Hacksaw Sawyer?
The #1 best-selling trade mystery paperback September 2011 (Independent Mystery Booksellers Association)
The 3rd Title in the Alan Stewart and Vera Deward Mystery Series!
In the dark misty streets of Seattle, there are no vacations from crime. Just one week after young PI Alan Steward tangles with the White Dragon, he finds himself once again paired with the beautiful and dangerous Vera Deward and embroiled in a mystery that’s shaking the entire city. This time, a well known and aging heiress has disappeared. Has she simply departed early for a glamorous honeymoon, as her much younger and newly acquired husband insists or has there been foul play?
Alan and Vera race against the clock, through the murky Seattle cityscape looking for clues to the heiress’s whereabouts. Clues that lead to shady hotels, underground catacombs in Chinatown, and to heart-pounding encounters on fast-moving locomotives. Can Alan unwind the mystery and recover the heiress or will this mystery elude him?
The #3 best-selling trade mystery paperback in 2010 (Independent Mystery Booksellers Association)
The 2nd Title in the Alan Stewart and Vera Deward Mystery Series!
1940 - The eve of WWII. Imperial Japan threatens to conquer Asia and the entire Pacific Theater. Supplies and support are flowing into the region. Vital to this effort is the city of Seattle. But now, it’s crucial role in the supply chain is beginning to attract the interest of some shadowy and exotic international forces... Following a tip from his mentor Vic Morrison, young Alan Stewart uses his detective skills to track down Tiger Lee, a sexy American operative on a mission to disrupt the Japanese spy network. Working together, the two set out to eliminate the head of their Japanese rivals: a dangerous samurai whose movements are shrouded in mystery. What begins as a hunt for justice quickly turns into a maelstrom of revenge—and a race against the clock as politics becomes personal and loyalties are tested from every side. Returning to the scene of his first novel, Thick as Thieves, author Neil Low, proves once again that in the shadowy underbelly of a city nothing is as it first appears, and what you don’t know just might hurt you after all….
Seattle in the 1940s: from its sprawling ports to its exotic bordellos in Chinatown, it is a rain-drenched harbor of greed, sex, and corruption-and now a mysterious murder. Alan Stewart loses his private investigator father at the hands of corrupt police officials. As he sets out to seek answers and to avenge his father's death, Alan uncovers clues that lead all the way to the "Crime of the Century"-The Lindbergh Kidnapping!
"Murder and justice. Sex and love. Greed and honor. This is a morality play in the tradition of Shakespeare's 'Richard III' in which the line between right and wrong is as blurred as when one looks through gray rain at twilight over Seattle's somber hills. Neil Low, a veteran Seattle cop, has seen it all." ~Lowen Clausen