Books by Gehla Knight

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Literary Retro Snapshots and Quirky Whodunits offer a new voice in Northwest fiction.

Gehla S. Knight is a fifth-generation Oregonian who captures the Northwest flavor in quirky, madcap commercial fiction as well as literary novels highlighting West Coast themes.


Under the penname Ray Bates, these police procedurals feature gritty, street-smart cops who prowl Portland's underbelly in search of gold nuggets among the city's hardcore schemers.


Police Procedurals for True-Crime Junkies and Mystery Buffs

Home of Detective John Bowers


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In the Christmas chill of 1944, Big Joe Welk is the hardcore crime boss in Oregon. He runs the rackets and the cronies who put the skim in his pocket. But he’s got enemies with a score to settle, and they’re willing to kill to make Joe pay.


Miles Brodie is just a bargain rate lawyer handling divorces for Joe’s Tiki Bar girls. He’s barely squeezing rent money from his third-rate law practice when Big Joe hires him to find out who’s knocking off his pals...