Mystery Authors You May Have Missed
David J. Walker
Born in Chicago, David J. Walker is a true Illinoisian. He grew up in Mundelein and currently resides in Wilmette. Walker has worn a diverse grouping of occupational hats: after Quigley North High School, he joined the seminary and was in the Catholic priesthood, working as a parish priest for a time. After the priesthood, he went to Loyola University for law school and became a lawyer and an investigator with the Chicago Police Department. He now divides his time between crime fiction writing and practicing law.
What he writes: Walker writes two mystery series. One features a Chicago private investigator, Malachy “Mal” P. Foley, who plays jazz piano when he’s not solving cases. The other, the Wild Onion Ltd. series, features a husband/wife team: Kirsten, a PI, and her husband Dugan, a lawyer. Walker also has written one standalone thriller, Saving Paulo.
|List of works
|Mal Foley series|
|Fixed in His Folly (1995)|
|Half the Truth (1996)|
|Applaud the Hollow Ghost (1998)|
|No Show of Remorse (2002)|
|Wild Onion, Ltd. series|
|A Ticket to Die For (1998)|
|A Beer at a Bawdy House (2000)|
|The End of Emerald Woods (2000)|
|All the Dead Fathers (2005)|
|Too Many Clients (2010)|
|Saving Paulo (2008)|
|Awards and nominations|
|Fixed in His Folly: Edgar nomination for Best First Mystery, 1995|
|The End of Emerald Woods: Society of Midland Authors Book Awards nomination for Adult Fiction, 2000|
|Mal Foley series: Love is Murder “Lovey Award” for Best Series, 2000|
|What the critics say|
Regarding Saving Paulo...
"This is Edgar nominee Walker's first stand-alone thriller. Readers should be hooked from the first scene... What follows is a plunge into a protracted chase scene... through a wonderfully sustained suspense story." - Connie Fletcher, Booklist
Regarding Fixed in His Folly...
"A tangled, moody debut... a solid, sordid job of work. [Walker's] debut showed unusual range and reach." - Kirkus Reviews
Regarding Applaud the Hollow Ghost...
"Mr. Walker has given us a real gem here. The plotting is well worked out, Foley is interestingly complex, and the secondary characters enrich the book like well-chosen herbs in a thick broth." - Washington Times
"This third Mal Foley case is a solid effort distinguished by the realistically portrayed relationship that develops between Foley and [his client]. ...A very satisfying read." - Booklist
Regarding the Wild Onion, Ltd. series...
"There have been numerous attempts to create modern versions of Nick and Nora Charles, but [Walker's] Kirsten and Dugan are the most fun." - Booklist
Regarding A Ticket to Die For...
"As richly plotted as Mal Foley's... cases, but good for a lot more laughs..." - Kirkus Reviews
"An eye-popping plot, wacky characters, oddball humor, and, best of all, the delightful [Kirsten and Dugan] in a story that's fresh, funny, and thoroughly entertaining." - Booklist
Regarding A Beer at a Bawdy House...
"The Edgar-nominated author has created a second compelling and enjoyable series... with well-drawn characters, serpentine plots and atmospheric setting." - Publishers Weekly
Regarding All the Dead Fathers...
"The fast-pace, well-rendered cast, and solid Midwest flavor make this a potential crowd-pleaser." - Publishers Weekly
"A chilling backstory makes Wild Onion's fourth a complex and creepy puzzler." - Kirkus Reviews
"Walker writes with a sure hand and a fine eye for character and plot. His story is both thought-provoking and entertaining." - Chicago Sun-Times
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