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.


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Delilah Goodnight is a grieving WW11 widow when Nathan McCarthy rents a room from her in wartime Portland, Oregon. While he’s trying to complete his doctoral thesis on Roman History, he finds his mind and his work detoured by a growing passion for the beautiful, mysterious woman who ignites his sexual longings.


"Morality comes in all shapes and forms.  One person’s sin is another’s salvation.  Culture, social mores, religion, character – all these things influence our views on what is wrong and right.  My books delve into the murky, undefined areas of morality.  Often, the truth is found somewhere in the middle, in the gray-zone.  That is the most interesting aspect of life."

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.


Home of Detective John Bowers

Police Procedurals for True-Crime Junkies and Mystery Buffs

Ray Bates' background and experience as a criminal investigator working with law enforcement and the criminal justice system provide the foundation for a series of police procedurals with hard-hitting realism tempered with sexy romance and fleshed out characters.

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It’s a good day to die for lawyers. A deposition is about to begin in a large, metro law firm where the senior partner is breathing his last before a shooter barges into the conference room and redecorates with blood and brains compliments of his Glock nine.