Books by Dick Lochte

BLUES IN THE NIGHT by Dick Lochte
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2012

"Lochte (The Talk Show Murders, 2011, etc.) is just as fast-paced and funny flying solo as when he's wingman for Al Roker or Christopher Darden, both of whom he's collaborated with in the past. "
Ex-con Dave "Mace" Mason gets way more than he bargained for when he agrees to shadow his old friend Paulie Lacotta's ex-girlfriend. Read full book review >
THE TALK SHOW MURDERS by Al Roker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"Despite its over-the-top finale, Roker and Lochte's third is as well-paced and thoughtfully prepared as an Alice Waters tasting menu."
A celebrity chef lands in someone's crosshairs after an appearance on a daytime talk show. Read full book review >
THE MIDNIGHT SHOW MURDERS by Al Roker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 23, 2010

"Although Billy may be too good to be true, Roker and Lochte offer a satisfying entrée to follow the appetizer they provided in The Morning Show Murders (2009)."
A TV chef shifts both time slot and venue when his network sends him for a late-night stint in Hollywood. Read full book review >
THE MORNING SHOW MURDERS by Al Roker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Crackling dialogue and well-crafted settings lift Roker's initial collaboration with veteran Lochte (Croaked!, 2007, etc.) above the typical celeb roman-à-clef."
NBC's Today Show weather anchor debuts with a crisp puzzler played out on and off the set of an early-morning news show. Read full book review >
CROAKED! by Dick Lochte
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 18, 2007

"Unshackled from O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden after three collaborations (The Last Defense, 2002, etc.), Lochte serves up a giddy romp that's not always coherent, but never dull."
It's the Swinging '60s, and at the nation's number-two skin mag, someone is busily filling body bags. Read full book review >
THE LAST DEFENSE by Christopher Darden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Riddled with knowing banalities ("In most cases, D.A.'s and defense lawyers choose different kinds of jurors") and bad prose: hackwork unredeemed by occasional bursts of courtroom energy."
Hotshot lawyer Mercer Early, the putative hero of this third collusion between Darden and Lochte (L.A. Justice, 2001, etc.), wouldn't recognize a legal principle if it were labeled as such and personally delivered by Thurgood Marshall. Read full book review >
L.A. JUSTICE by Christopher Darden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2001

"The courtroom scenes are authoritative, of course, and as for the rest, no one can accuse Darden-Lochte of just going through the motions."
With Lochte (The Neon Smile, 1995, etc.) once more serving as copilot, O.J. prosecutor turned so-so novelist Darden (The Trials of Nikki Hill, 1999) does better in his second fictional effort. Read full book review >
LUCKY DOG by Dick Lochte
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"It's a classic illustration of how, put under pressure, conversation becomes drama."
L.A. shamus Leo Bloodworth (Sleeping Dog, 1985, etc.) walks off with both best-of-show and worst-of-same honors in the competition among the nine stories (1988–99) collected here. Read full book review >
THE TRIALS OF NIKKI HILL by Christopher Darden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 1999

"Trials" is right."
O.J. Simpson assistant prosecutor Darden teams up with suspense writer Lochte (The Neon Smile, 1995, etc.) for this earnest, shapeless tale of—what else?—a stand-up deputy D.A. fighting for truth and justice in the jungles of Los Angeles. Read full book review >
THE NEON SMILE by Dick Lochte
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1995

"Serve with an Alka-Seltzer chaser."
 Exploitation TV has finally caught up with Tyrone Pano—the ``Panther Man'' of New Orleans civil rights who, 30 years ago, killed himself after being jailed for shooting Lillian Davis, his follower in the League for Black Advancement. Read full book review >
BLUE BAYOU by Dick Lochte
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1992

"Eccentric characters, rococo plot, and a fast, furious read."
 Inspired looniness from veteran L.A. book/theater critic Lochte (Sleeping Dog, Laughing Dog), who now releases Big Easy p.i. Read full book review >