Books by K.C. Constantine

SAVING ROOM FOR DESSERT by K.C. Constantine
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 22, 2002

Missing from the 17th installment in Constantine's wondrous saga (Grievance, 2000, etc.) of Rocksburg, Pennsylvania, is the kind of singular hero like the Homeric Mario Balzic or the endearing Rugs Carlucci that hauls readers in and keeps them there wire to wire. Read full book review >

GRIEVANCE by K.C. Constantine
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 13, 2000

BLOOD MUD by K.C. Constantine
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 1999

Mario Balzic, chief emeritus of the Rocksburg (Pa.) Read full book review >

BRUSHBACK by K.C. Constantine
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 12, 1998

Bobby Blasco was a star athlete in high school and went on to still greater success in pro baseball—even had a brief but remarkable stint in the majors—but he never had so many fans as now, when he's been found in an alley with his head bashed in by a Ted Williamsmodel Louisville Slugger. Read full book review >

FAMILY VALUES by K.C. Constantine
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 6, 1997

Great news for Mario Balzic's many fans: The retired police chief of Rocksburg, Pa. Read full book review >

GOOD SONS by K.C. Constantine
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 7, 1996

Everybody's who's been worried ever since Police Chief Mario Balzic retired from the Rocksburg, Pa., force (Cranks and Shadows, 1995)—and nobody's been more worried than Det. Sgt. Read full book review >

CRANKS AND SHADOWS by K.C. Constantine
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

Time was when series detectives just faded away, usually because their creators had died. Read full book review >

BOTTOM LINER BLUES by K.C. Constantine
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 1993

A tenth appearance for Rocksburg, Pennsylvania, police chief Mario Balzic (Sunshine Enemies, 1990, etc.)—who, here, has three problems on his hands: a woman has gotten it into her head that her husband wants to beat up his girlfriend's new boyfriend; Mario's lonely wife, Ruthie, says she'd like to dissolve their marriage contract and start all over—with Mario talking to her instead of yelling; and Myushkin, a broke Russian-American writer, is brandishing a gun and forcing Mario to listen to his diatribe against libraries that rip him off ``in direct violation of the Fifth, Thirteenth, and Fourteenth Amendments''—a diatribe against library inequities that goes on for the better part of a hundred pages. Read full book review >