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Product Details

  • Series: Pinky and the Bear Mysteries (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Different Drummer Press; First Edition edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578034441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578034447
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.4 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,772,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ken was born in Los Angeles in 1938. He's been married to the love of his life for more than fifty years. The two have three children, four grandchildren, and at the moment, five great-grandchildren. Ken started writing after he retired and published more than one hundred articles in Golf Magazine, Fairways and Greens. He was also affiliated with NBC Sports through Golf.com. The Bloody Birthright is Ken's first published novel and it is the first of a series of Pinky and The Bear Mysteries. His second novel, to be published in the spring of 2010, is titled, The Calamitous Concert. For details see www.kendalton.com

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KEN DALTON was born in 1938 at Hollywood Hospital. He grew up with his parents, his older sister, Pat, and younger brother, Richard in Los Angeles. The year 1938 informs the quick reader that Ken's older than a lot of people, but younger than some.

In a turn of bad luck, the dreaded Polio virus found Ken.

At the end of World War ll, Ken's family moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming for a year where he learned how to live through snow blizzards, avoid walking through the large pile of coal in the basement, and how to survive life as an Army Officer's brat on a base called Fort Warren.

By the age of sixteen, after eleven years of operations, therapy, and braces, Ken's luck changed dramatically when he met the girl of his dreams at a party. A few years later they married, produced three wonderful children, and settled into a happy life in Southern California.

In 1966, Ken, who worked as a technician for Pacific Bell, and his family left Southern California for the green hills of Sonoma County where they bought a home in Sebastopol surrounded with apple trees. A few years later, Ken and Arlene built a new home on three and a half acres. They raised cows, pigs, and learned how to build outstanding fences. While their children grew, they hosted two exchange students, Eva Reimers from Sweden, and Tanja Wuttke from Germany, both of whom are still loved members of the Dalton clan. Also during those years, Ken was promoted to management at Pacific Bell. He eventually ended up responsible for all the central offices, sixty-three, in an area that covered five counties.

In 1977, Ken, Arlene, Bob Wiltermood, and his wife Norma, designed, built, and operated a 2000 case winery named Pommeraie Vineyards. They produced award winning Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. However, after Bob died, the winery was sold. Ken and Arlene moved to a hilltop in Healdsburg.

With the winery gone, and time on their hands, Ken and Arlene started to perform with the Camp Rose Players. Twenty years and forty productions later, both are still acting and singing.

Life was good. All Ken had to do was learn some lines and bow when the audience applauded.

Then, ten years ago, Ken started to write. His first article was published in Golf Illustrated in August 1996. More golf articles followed in national and regional magazines including Golf Magazine and Fairways and Greens.

After a two-year stint on the County Grand Jury, Ken felt the need to begin his first novel.

Now, after a decade of struggle to learn the craft of writing, Ken has become the publishing world's latest overnight sensation.

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Get this book then sit back and enjoy the ride!
Wendalamax
If you you want a book that keeps you guessing, interested and fulling engaged in the characters and places then this is perfect.
D. Allan Hallett II
I am anxiously awaiting the next Pink and Bear novel.
Bill R, the golfer

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wendalamax on October 10, 2009
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This book sucks you in at the first sentence and doesn't spit you out until the end! You may not exactly like Pinky, but can't wait to find out how he gets his client out of this mess. I really like how the story switches perspective from Pinky to Bear throughout the book. You get to see the story from different angles as it builds to the climax. Get this book then sit back and enjoy the ride!
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J. Pincus (Pinky) Delmont is a somewhat unscrupulous criminal lawyer operating out of Carson City, Nevada. He is also the best criminal lawyer in that area and some time ago he represented Benate (Bear) Zabarte. Bear is the son of a Basque sheepherder and Pinky was able to make a murder charge against him go away. However, Pinky is taking the balance of his legal fee out in having Bear do his grunt work so when Pinky becomes the attorney of record for Richard Page, a young man accused of murdering his uncle, Pinky seeks Bear's help. Pinky needs what he believes to be some simple investigative work done in the house of Herbert Page in Los Angeles, California, so he crudely informs Bear of the magnitude of his debt and sends him on his way.
When Bear enters Herbert Page's house, a neighbor woman named Flo makes his acquaintance. Flo has a well-developed chest that immediately attracts Bear but she is extremely outspoken, a fact that Bear has not yet learned in complete detail. Flo then produces IOU's from Herbert Page and when Bear tells her that he knows an attorney that may help her recover her money, Flo becomes Bear's partner.
This completes the introduction of the major characters in this entertaining tale of a murder investigation and the interaction between the major characters as well as the memorable secondary players is enthralling. Flo annoys everyone yet she asks the questions that put Bear on the right track. The narration alternates between Pinky and Bear as they go their separate ways in the hunt for the real killer(s).
One of the best scenes in the book is when Flo is sunbathing facedown on her enormous chest at the motel pool with the straps of her top unhooked.
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By Eric Frost on November 19, 2009
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I liked the book, although it was bawdier than I prefer. The story started a little slow but I came to enjoy the split screen action of the two principal players, weaving a story together from two perspectives. The back and forth episodic story line reminded me of the old Wild Wild West shows with James West and Artemus Gordon. In this case, we are in modern times, a beautiful and sometimes shrewish woman is thrown in but no gadgets. The book is a good read for a trip to while away the hours.
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By Bill R, the golfer on November 15, 2009
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The Bloody Birthright is a great book told by a great author. Ken Dalton has a flare for words, winds mystery and humor together, and is a wonderful story teller. I was sad to finish the book and not be able to continue to travel with Pinky and Bear. I am anxiously awaiting the next Pink and Bear novel. Hurry up Ken.
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By D. Allan Hallett II on October 17, 2009
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I didn't read for fun anymore, but when my wife told me I should I went on a quest to find something that would keep me interested. This book did it. I grew up in California and have been to most of the places described. Not only is there great imagery and detail, but some of the subtleties of these places that you thought you could only get from being there are masterfully written and brought to life. If you you want just anther murder mystery to put next to all the others this works great. If you you want a book that keeps you guessing, interested and fulling engaged in the characters and places then this is perfect. This book has awakened in me the joy of reading and a good who dunit mystery.
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