Books by David J. Walker

DAVID J. WALKER writes two mysteries series. One features Chicago private investigator Mal Foley. The other, the "Wild Onion Ltd" series, features Kirsten and Dugan, a wife and husband private eye team. Walker is currently president of the Midwest Chapte


THE TOWMAN'S DAUGHTERS by David J. Walker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Another fine outing for Kirsten and Dugan, who set the standard for plotting, pace and hard-boiled humor."
A night on the town lands the Wild Onion, Ltd. partners in the middle of another case with oh- so-many moving parts. Read full book review >
TOO MANY CLIENTS by David J. Walker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Walker's fifth entry lets Kirsten do what she does best: get oversold on everything except her rock-solid relationship with her ever-lovin' bad boy Dugan."
Sleuthing for her husband doesn't prevent Kirsten, of Wild Onion, Ltd. (All the Dead Fathers, 2005, etc.), from taking on a host of other clients whose interests may or may not align with his. Read full book review >
ALL THE DEAD FATHERS by David J. Walker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 6, 2005

"A chilling backstory makes Wild Onion's fourth a complex and creepy puzzler."
With her uncle's life at risk, it's up to Wild Onion Ltd.'s Kirsten (The End of Emerald Woods, 2000, etc.) to solve the case no one else wants: finding out who's killing pedophile priests. Read full book review >
NO SHOW OF REMORSE by David J. Walker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 25, 2002

"Walker (The End of Emerald Woods, 2000, etc.) is at the top of his form here, weaving his puzzle skillfully into a jolting tale of loyalty and betrayal."
When Malachy Foley (Applaud the Hollow Ghost, 1998, etc.) defied the Illinois Supreme Court by refusing to disclose what Marlon Shades told him about the shootout at Lonnie Bright's that left one cop dead and two injured, Foley knew it would cost his law license. Read full book review >
THE END OF EMERALD WOODS by David J. Walker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"This time out, environment-conscious Walker recycles too many motifs from Wild Onion's last case (A Beer in a Bawdy House, 1999) to give its witty and unconventional partners the adventure they deserve."
Husband-and-wife team Kirsten and Dugan, of Wild Onion, Ltd., have their work cut out for them as they find themselves once again locked in battle with venture capitalists with a taste for paving forests into shopping mall parking lots. Read full book review >
A BEER AT A BAWDY HOUSE by David J. Walker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Still, some solid deductive work by an appealing duo puts this Wild Onion adventure a cut above."
Whoever's blackmailing Peter Keegan, one of five auxiliary bishops in the Archdiocese of Chicago, seems to have missed a page in the manual, since there's no hint of an extortion demand. Read full book review >
A TICKET TO DIE FOR by David J. Walker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 9, 1998

"As richly plotted as Mal Foley's three other cases, but good for a lot more laughs—and a perfect introduction to the talented author."
Quite a change of pace from Walker's searching Malachy Foley mysteries (Applaud the Hollow Ghost, p. 25, etc.): a husband-and-wife crime-fighting team that splits everything, even their name. Read full book review >
APPLAUD THE HOLLOW GHOST by David J. Walker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 19, 1998

"Mal's third (Half the Truth, 1996, etc.) does a manful job of tacking between fisticuffs and sensitive stuff, though violence will win out, in an operatic finale, before all the perps are finally brought to book."
HALF THE TRUTH by David J. Walker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 12, 1996

"Altogether more routine than Walker's first, though resourceful Mal shows some nifty moves with a parking ticket, a length of plumber's pipe, and the current issue of Good Housekeeping."
Where, oh where has violinist Sharon Cooper's wayward brother Jason gone? Read full book review >
FIXED IN HIS FOLLY by David J. Walker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 15, 1995

"A tangled, moody debut with a decidedly dark view of religion and the religious (the author is a former Jesuit priest): a solid, sordid job of work."
Turbo-powered attorney Harriet (Happy) Mallory hires Chicago p.i. Read full book review >