Fred Dickey

Fred Dickey is a writer living in Cardiff, CA, USA

Death On A Dark Street 
A killer prowls his hunting ground

A new novel by Fred Dickey

High praise, indeed!

Legendary crime writer Joseph Wambaugh recommends Fred Dickey’s new novel

“Death On A Dark Street.”


Wambaugh Says:

"This is a suspenseful, authentic, and well-researched manhunt for a serial killer. It introduces rookie homicide  detective Jaye Peoria, a tough but tender young woman

determined to prove herself and stop an elusive killer. It's a good book."


And that’s not all.


Maura Parga, San Diego P.D. cold case detective (ret.), says:

 “Fred Dickey is a brilliant writer. I love the way the detectives interact with each other, so right on target. It’s just like I’m working the case myself. The investigation methods and procedures are accurate. The descriptions of the homeless and their struggles--perfect. I LOVE THIS BOOK!”


        The Story...

          A serial killer wants to make San Diego Detective Jaye Peoria another victim. She needs to bring him down.

          Jaye is a gentle woman, but she’s also a bulldog of a cop. Will that be enough? The hunt is on.


He will kill her if he can.

She will kill him if she has to.

Editorial Review from Readers' Favorite

Reviewed By Viga Boland for Readers’ Favorite: 5 STARS!

“It occurred to me last night that when you die, so does everybody else.” This rather deep statement, uttered by one of the many detectives trying to zero in on what appears to be a serial killer in Death On A Dark Street by Fred Dickey, lingered in my mind after I finished reading this crime thriller which, in many ways, is so much more than just another “whodunit”. Here’s why. While the plot is centered on Detective Jaye Peoria and her team’s efforts to nail “The Dark Street Assassin” - who chokes downtrodden women, douses them in bleach, and leaves no clues to his identity - several other themes are explored through the interesting and colorful cast of characters of Jaye herself, her police department comrades, criminal offenders and a psychologist who provides a romantic angle. What might be especially interesting to female readers is seeing the lengths to which Jaye must go to be accepted by her colleagues, from being comfortable with male cop jargon, jokes and attitudes while inwardly coping with her female reaction to seeing her own sex heartlessly murdered and discarded like rubbish.

Readers who are intrigued by the effects of a perpetrator’s past on their present criminal activity will enjoy the psychological profiling coupled with the methods used by the police to narrow down the suspect list. And as always in crime thriller fiction, what can be more riveting than learning just how evil the narcissistic killer is, how clever he believes he is, and seeing him finally caught after the author has managed to keep us turning pages to the very end before we discover his identity. Overall, Death On A Dark Street is an entertaining read that offers suspense relieved by humorous cop banter, along with a little sex and romance and plenty of other issues to think about after you close the book. Enjoy!


A Scene...

“When the young prostitute saw the door she almost sang out in joy. But just as she reached for the handle, he stepped out of the shadows.

“She screamed, but as their eyes met she was surprised at the absence of violence in his. She wanted to understand how that could be, but there was no time.

“His fingers closed around her throat. The last words she gasped were, “Don’t! Please, don’t.” Then, there was no more air.”


Fred Dickey is a popular novelist, a much-honored journalist, and a Pulitzer Prize nominee. In this book, he makes danger real and brings cops to life. Dickey lives in Cardiff by the Sea, Calif. with his scientist wife, Kathy.


Death On A Dark Street is available from Amazon or book stores in paperback, hardback or digital e-book. look for Books--Dickey, Fred--Death On A Dark Street.

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