Lee Killough

                                                                                                                             

Lee Killough has been storytelling since the age of four or five, when she started making up her own bedtime stories, then later, her own episodes of her favorite radio and TV shows. So of course when she discovered science fiction and mysteries about age eleven, she began writing her own science fiction and mysteries. It took a husband, though, years later, to convince her to try selling her work. Her first published stories were science fiction and one short story, "Symphony For a Lost Traveler", was nominated for a Hugo Award in 1985.

She used to
joke that she wrote SF because she dealt with non-humans every day...spending twenty-seven years as chief technologist in the Radiology Department at Kansas State University's Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. At the same time, she also used to train horses. She has lived most of her life in Kansas, but when her late husband was in the Air Force at the end of the sixties, they lived two unforgettable years in Washington D.C. During which she witnessed the hippie invasion of Georgetown, the Poor People's march on D.C., urban riots that set fires in neighborhoods close to theirs, and their neighborhood crawling with police and FBI for a day while law enforcement tracked two men who gunned down an FBI agent a few blocks from their home.

Because she loves both SF and mysteries, her work combines the two genres. Although published as SF, most of her novels are actually mysteries with SF or fantasy elements...with a preference--thanks to a childhood hooked on TV cop shows--for cop protagonists. She has set her procedurals in the future, on alien words, and in the country of dark fantasy. Her best known detective is vampire cop Garreth Mikaelian, of Blood Hunt and Bloodlinks, reprinted together in an omnibus edition BloodWalk. She is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime.




Blood Hunt

Ebook Price: $4.99 USD. 96240 words. Fiction by Lee Killough and published by BWLPP  on January 11, 2011

When San Francisco Homicide Inspector Garreth Mikaelian begins hunting a mysterious red-haired woman who appears involved in the murders of two out-of-town businessmen, he faces a killer unlike any he has investigated before. For unknown to him, Lane Barber is a vampire. When Garreth comes too close, she attacks him and turns him into a vampire, too. Now, even as he struggles to cope with this devastating change in his life without betraying to others what he has become, he is back on Lane’s trail...this time with a vengeance. But can he find her, and find a way to bring her to justice, before she decides to attack again, and this time finish him off?

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Aftershock

Ebook Price: $2.99 USD. 10870 words. Fiction by Lee Killough and published by
BWLPP on December 13, 2010  

It would be logical for the culture of a distant planet unconnected to Humans to be...well...alien.  A different social and family structure, different legal system, different religion. But maybe some things aren’t that alien: war, politics...murder.  

A natural disaster like an earthquake would seem to be perfect cover for murder. But the murder is discovered, with the prime suspect a member of a family allied to Emperor Benamea Haneem. Lord Edo Ishda, brother to the Emperor, must discover the truth and see justice done in a situation where every solution threatens to be political dynamite for the Emperor.

 

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The Leopard's Daughter 

Ebook Price $4.99 USD. Fiction by Lee Killough and published By BWLPP on November 07, 2010  

In an ancient African of verdant Sahara plains, warrior princess Jeneba Karamoke has grown up scorned by her people because her father was a leopard man.  When she rescues a party of fellow warriors from cannibalistic half-men, she hopes it will finally win her acceptance. 

But no...in order to prove she isn't lying about the vanished hero Tomo Silla's part in their capture by the half-men she must make Tomo face the tribe.  Can she find him, and then survive more monsters, foreign tribes, war, and a curse on a fabled city to bring him back alive?

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Killer Karma

Ebook Price: $4.99 USD. 86660 words. Fiction by Lee Killough and published by BWLPP  on September 11, 2010

 

Inspector Cole Dunavan finds himself in the middle of a parking garage with no memory except of his murder. After remembering who he is and accepting that he is now a ghost, he has more problems. He is a ghost with no idea how being a ghost works. No one sees or hears him. He cannot move objects and initially cannot move through closed doors. He learns to his horror that his body has not been found, and everyone thinks he has run off with a woman who is actually an informant. A woman whose life he may have put in danger. He must save her, find his killer, and show his wife he has remained faithful.

 

"Killough keeps the action driving forward, but does not neglect character development. We get to know our protagonist's loved ones, and to care about them. We begin to understand why the antagonists do what they do. Will there be any justice? Will anyone find out what happened to him, or will they believe the false report circulating? And if they do find out, what then? Killough does not give us easy answers. The climax of Killer Karma is a marvelous crescendo, both complex and poignant." ~ Sherwood Smith

"Killough has created more than a paranormal police procedural here. This is a novel about love and redemption, about friendship and possibility. Any reader who enjoys a good mystery with strong psychological elements, compelling characters, and a fascinating storyline will relish this one. I highly recommend it." ~  Pari Noskin Taichert, Fresh Fiction web site


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Wilding Nights

Ebook Price: $4.99 USD. 100060 words.
Fiction by
Lee Killough and published by BWLPP  on September 8, 2010

 

Homicide detective Allison Goodnight has a big problem. A rogue werewolf killed the victim in her latest case. She knows the signs; she is a werewolf, too. Her whole family is. It is urgent that she close this case without revealing the killer’s nature before humans’ racial memory of her kind awakens. But her new partner Zane Kerr is watching her with unnerving intensity. He is disturbed by her secretive behavior on this case. And when the description of a woman seen with the victim matches a number of Allison’s relatives, he has to wonder if she is trying to protect, not catch, the killer. He is determined to find out. Which could be fatal for him. If he learns too much, Allison may have to turn killer herself to protect her people.

 

"Fans of Killough's meticulous craftsmanship will not be disappointed. In Wilding Nights she seamlessly inserts a fully realized supernatural race into the everyday realities of Gulf Coast life. Her characters think, talk and act the way they should, lending enormous credibility to the extraordinary elements of the story. Her characters also overtake the plot in the most surprising ways. For example, the road to romance takes a quite a different path than the one you expect, but it works perfectly." ~ Jean Marie Ward, Crescent Blues Book Views

"Killough's dialogue feels authentic and she brings the town alive, creating a sense of a busy city in which the mysterious killer can easily fade into the background. Overall, this novel is fast and exciting, meaning it will appeal to fans of thrillers all over. If you like werewolves, your enjoyment is going to be doubled as the werewolf as a concept is as much a character as the werewolf cops involved." ~ Luke Croll, Bookbytes

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Blood Games

Ebook Price: $4.99 USD. 91930 words. Fiction by
Lee Killough and published by BWLPP  on September 1, 2010

Vampire Garreth Mikaelian thought he had his existence all arranged. He is comfortably settled in a town where, his nature unknown to those around him, he works the night shift as a police officer. His blood comes in bottles. He has a routine and friends. But that peace is shattered when his fellow officer and sometime lover Maggie Lebekov is killed by a lethal trio playing escalating blood games. He must locate and capture the suspects before other law enforcement officers do, to be sure they are captured alive...if not yet vampires, they have drunk his blood, and if killed will rise again even more deadly. 

"This was my first Lee Killough book but not my last.  I have always enjoyed a good vampire story and this one features a vampire that still has human feelings and characteristics.  I need to go back and find how Garreth became a vampire and how he dealt with it." ~ Sue Johnson for myshelf.com 

"Lee Killough has her feet firmly planted in the mystery and horror genres.  If you like Laurel Hamilton and Anne Rice, then Garreth is right up your alley." ~ Sandy Tooley

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