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Detective Sergeant Mulheisen Books In Order

Publication Order of Detective Sergeant Mulheisen Books

The Diehard (1977) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Blind Pig (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Grootka (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hit on the House (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadman (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Folks (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man With an Axe (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
La Donna Detroit (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Badger Games (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
No Man's Dog (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Author Jon A. Jackson writes the “Detective Sergeant Mulheisen” series of mystery novels. It began publication in the year 1977, when “The Diehard” was released. In 2004, the most recent book, “No Man’s Dog”, which is the tenth book of the series, was released.

The series stars Detective Sergeant ‘Fang’ Mulheisen, who works in the city of Detroit, Michigan. This is where Jon A. Jackson grew up. One of the books takes Mulheisen and the action to Montana, where Jackson lives in Missoula.

“The Diehard” is the first novel in the “Detective Sergeant Mulheisen” series, which was released in the year 1977. The story begins in Indian Village, which is an exclusive chunk of Mulheisen’s crumbling precinct of Detroit. There is a young and beautiful heiress that was shot and stabbed, during what looks to be a robbery and winds up dying on a neighbor’s doorstep.

Her husband was the only executive of Fidelity Trust Insurance that was able to get out of any blame for an embezzlement scandal that involved twenty million dollars. Where is all the money, what could the link be, and who could the tanned stranger that is hunting the very same leads down, working one step ahead of Mulheisen?

The author is one of the best writers that more people need to read, and is just as good as the rest of his contemporaries. The book is both confident and surprising and is well-plotted and well-written. Each of the characters are easy to picture in your mind while you read it. Mulheisen is flawed, sardonic, and relentless, he is a richly drawn character, having all the things that a good detective character should have.

“The Blind Pig” is the second novel in the “Detective Sergeant Mulheisen” series, which was released in the year 1979. A police officer kills an armed intruder and some hitmen shoot a jukebox. It appears to be an open and shut case, but the dead guy winds up being an assassin for the Mob. Mul finds that he is right smack dab in the middle of a plot involving gun-running.

Meanwhile, a lovely lady is using her own kind of ammo on Mul during Detroit jazz’s after-hours world. Mul discovers that the shootings are centered around a young man that made it rich in the field of trucking. Everything blows up after somebody is able to pull a million-dollar heist off. What did they get? Some sleek and gorgeous guns. Enough of them to start a war.

Jackson is able to make this look easy, making the reader forget that the story was built first and then written down. Jackson creates a few memorable characters in the book, and this is one fine procedural that includes a bit of the local color from seventies Detroit. The dialogue here is expertly crafted, especially between Flatman and Joe Service.

“Grootka” is the third novel in the “Detective Sergeant Mulheisen” series, which was released in the year 1990. Detroit is just the place to find someone’s corpse. “Books” Meldrim’s body is the one being found this time. He was a pimp, snitch, and a longtime denizen of The Library Bar. Grootka, who is a perpetual grumpy and ex-cop as well as a legend inside the department for his bad habits and tough detective work is the one that finds the corpse.

Sergeant Mulheisen is not sure that he should really believe Grootka’s nuts theory that the killing is linked to a good looking teen being raped and murdered back in the fifties. Mulheisen is working two new killings as well as an attempted assassination at the moment. He has no time at all for old cops or old crimes. That ends when Grootka picks up an old .45 and goes right back into Detroit’s twisted back alleys so that a younger cop will learn a chilling truth. What goes around comes right back around. The only way to make it stop is with your life or a bullet.

This is another superb read from the series with rather startling surprises at almost every turn in it. It makes this book worth hunting down and reading.

“Hit on the House” is the fourth novel in the “Detective Sergeant Mulheisen” series, which was released in the year 1993. Hal Good, a hitman, is hired to kill Big Sid Sedlacek, a mob heavy that was on the take. Brought in as a potential witness, and he exchanges IDs with a drunk and is able to step out of the jail before Mulheisen is able to question the guy.

Other mucky mucks in the Mob are meeting bloody ends, and there is a female from Mul’s past winds up marrying a rough computer entrepreneur. This guy has a suspicious amount of buddies that are in “the business”. The investigation gets quite a bit more unwieldy, as the body count starts to rise, and the millions that Big Sid as well as his unnamed partners, which might include Hal, skimmed are still missing.

Here is a tight and twisted detective story that is very enjoyable. Jackson penned another winner with this stellar novel.

“Deadman” is the fifth novel in the “Detective Sergeant Mulheisen” series, which was released in the year 1994. Mulheisen is going on a road trip, as he tracks Helen Sedlacek, who skipped out with a ton of stolen cash after she killed Carmine Busoni, a mob boss, with a double-barreled twelve-gauge.

A guy that fits Joe Service’s description, Helen’s amour and Mul’s foe, has turned up in a Butte hospital and is in a coma. This is after he was shot right in the face up at close range. Where is Helen and the money? Who killed Mario? Who shot Joe?

The novel is a gritty and heart pounding wild goose chase that confirms Jackson deserving a top spot within the top tier of American mystery writers. The book is made up of some vividly-imagined and excellent characters, and this book moves at the perfect pitch from the start until the end. Mulheisen is tossed into Montana and it is great fun to see him interacting with the locals.

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