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Unholy Alliance (Paperback)

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SEATTLE 1948: Despite dubious wounds, including two .38 slugs to the face, Police Officer Charles “Hacksaw” Sawyer’s death is ruled a suicide. Suspecting something far more sinister, Chief of Detectives Mike Ketchum attempts to dig a little deeper until he is ordered by his superiors to leave the crime alone. Unable to let matters lie, Ketchum once again turns to private detectives Alan Stewart and Vera Deward.

Unaided by the police, and thwarted by the underworld, Alan and Vera race to unravel clues that lead them through opium dens, tattoo parlors and the region’s most infamous pleasure palace. Along the way, they uncover a long list of suspects that include forty or more police officers, convicted bootleggers put out of business by Sawyer during his recent tenure on the Dry Squad, and the godfather of Chinatown’s largest pleasure emporium, Goon Dip Wong. Can Alan and Vera outwit both sides of the law to solve the mystery that no one wants solved or will they fall prey to the same forces that brought down Hacksaw Sawyer?

About the Author

Author of the Alan Stewart Mystery series set in 1940's Seattle, Neil Low is a Seattle native and Seattle Police Department veteran with over 40 years experience in law enforcement.

Low began his writing career when he returned to the University of Washington’s Bothell campus to complete his college degree. A Seattle native, Low now lives in Snohomish County with his wife and three daughters. In 2008, the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association (IMBA) ranked Low’s debut novel Thick as Thieves as the #3 trade paperback sold in Seattle. It's follow up Sign of the Dragon ended 2009 at the #2 position with Unreasonable Persuasion, the third book in the series, ending 2010 at #3.

For more information, visit his official website at

Praise for Unholy Alliance…

"Vera Deward and Alan Stewart are reminiscent of Hammett's Nick and Nora Charles in the Thin Man series. As characters, they are endearing and occupy a comparable class. Unholy Alliance's prose bangs with the authenticity of a veteran detective on a blood-soaked ride through the foreboding criminal underworld of a Seattle that time forgot. The yarn is made genuine because Low uses police tactics that only a real-life cop would know. Unholy Alliance, an alliance of Low's earlier historical novels, is another dynamic advance in crime fiction. .”—Don Roff, Author of Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection.
Product Details ISBN-10: 0980151031
ISBN-13: 9780980151039
Published: Tigress Publishing
Pages: 360