Books by Harry Dolan

In Harry Dolan’s bestselling thriller Bad Things Happen, David Loogan arrives in Ann Arbor, Mich., hoping to start anew after his life was derailed by an act of violence. But crime confronts him again when a friend who edits a mystery magazine is murdered. In Dolan’s sequel, Very Bad Men, Loogan is now busy as the magazine’s new editor and romantically involved with Elizabeth Waishkey, the detective he met in the first book. But Loogan still can’t avoid mayhem. He gets involved in a disturbed young man’s plot to kill three people who robbed a bank 17 years ago. The bloody quest may have connections to a U.S. Senate campaign and the kidnapping of a charming tabloid reporter. It all makes for a fast-paced read that has as many twists as corpses. Here, Dolan talks about crime writing in Ann Arbor, what makes Loogan tick and a legendary writer’s pithy blurb.


THE MAN IN THE CROOKED HAT by Harry Dolan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"'You're really something,' the incredulous police chief tells the hero. 'You want everything tied together.' Well, yes. This investigation, at once remorselessly logical and remarkably diffuse, invites readers who want the same thing to take a closer look in the mirror."
A private eye's dogged search for his wife's killer uncovers a cascade of murder that reaches back 20 years. Read full book review >
THE LAST DEAD GIRL by Harry Dolan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 9, 2014

"As in his first two thrillers (Very Bad Men, 2011, etc.), Dolan plays out the complications with a spider's patience. This time, however, an unmemorable culprit makes his infernal logic seem just a tad less inevitable, scary and remorseless."
Stung by discovering his fiancee's infidelity, an upstate real estate inspector walks out on her and into a relationship with a local law student—a relationship that turns even more intense with the student's murder. Read full book review >
VERY BAD MEN by Harry Dolan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2011

"The rare crime novel with something for everyone who reads crime fiction."
A second mind-bending case for Ann Arbor editor David Loogan that begins just as simply and ominously and takes the reader on just as wild a journey. Read full book review >
BAD THINGS HAPPEN by Harry Dolan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 23, 2009

"On the other hand, Dolan has provided a seven-course banquet for readers with a taste for deliriously overplotted pulp with just enough polish to keep them from feeling guilty. "
Dolan's debut thriller begins simply enough, with two men burying a third in a forested section of Ann Arbor's Marshall Park. From there, it gets ever more loopy, far-fetched and baroque. Read full book review >