"Newport Ave." By Ken Kuhlken: Review/Giveaway

by Doward Wilson

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review & a link to purchase it.

James was a fugitive from a manslaughter charge. When he was in high school eighteen years ago, he had taken a baseball bat and dropped two attackers who were doing their best to kill his closest friend, Greg. When his slimy, low level Mafia connected, bookie brother-in-law, Maurice threatened James over money that he had invested in a movie that James's ex-girlfriend was making, James returned to Ocean Beach to protect his sister Olivia, and her two kids. James believed that Maurice had torched Olivia's garage to force him into giving the money back.

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With Greg's help, James envisions a way to kill Maurice and get away with it. Can they carry out their plan or is it all make believe, something they only dreamed about? Can Olivia keep FBI Agent Miles Milligan from learning that James is back in town? Can Greg live long enough to earn the reward that James has promised him for his help, so that his wife and daughter are taken care of when he is gone? This is a story about family, friendship, and justice!

Newport Ave book cover
Image source: Ken Kuhlken

I found this book to be enthralling and could not put it down! Does the end justify the means, or is it a sin to take justice into your own hands? The characters and background are extremely well done. The plot takes you thru many twists and turns before delivering an explosive ending! A mixture of thriller, suspense, and mystery with religious overtones. A must read for any fan of classic noir!

To enter to win either a print or ebook copy of Newport Ave, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "Newport,” or comment on this article-please state whether you want print or ebook. A winner will be chosen May 26, 2018. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please included your mailing address and whether you want print or ebook.

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Doward Wilson is a retired and avid cozy, paranormal, and adventure reader who can’t say no to most books. He recently moved from Independence, Missouri to Gladbrook, Iowa. Located in Central Iowa, Gladbrook (population 900+) is small town, rural farming at its best.

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.


  1. Just the right thriller to move me out of my "cozy" habit. The right themes...family and justice.

  2. This is a new author to me . Sounds like an interesting read. Would like a print copy.

  3. This is a new author to me. Sounds like an interesting read. Would like a print copy.


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