Ash McKenna

Created by Rob Hart

Will work for booze. Or dope….

A seemingly eternally recovering addict and would-be hard-boiled hero with a rude wit and a Chandler-sized romantic streak, New York City’s ASH McKENNA bumbles and stumbles his way through a series of misadventures (and cities), in this winning five-novel series by Rob Hart.

Make no mistake–Ash is no private eye, but he sure acts like one, doing favours for friends and sticking his nose deep into other people’s business, whether it’s tracking down a drag queen crime lord’s missing buddy or hunting a killer.

Oh, wait! Looks like I misspoke. In Potter’s Field (2018), the final entry in the series, Ash returns home to the Big apple (after visits to Portland, Georgia and — WTF? — Prague) does get a P.I. license.


Rob Hart is the author of The Warehouse, a bestselling near-future thriller about a a giant tech company that’s eaten up much of the American economy (now available on Amazon). He’s also the author of The Paradox Hotel, another near-future thriller–this one about January Cole, a house dick in a hotel which offers time travel. The author lives in New York City sometime in the present.


  • “A bloody valentine to a New York fast disappearing, this debut is an urban noir populated with memorable characters.”
    — Library Journal on New Yorked
  • “(Ash’s) landscape (for NYC contains multitudes) is the rapidly gentrifying East Village and its cohorts in Brooklyn. For people who are new to the city—new meaning pre-aughts—New Yorked is a love letter to how the city was pre-9/11 and pre-hipster.”
    The Great Hipster Mystery (April 2019, CrimeReads)



  • April 24, 2023
    The Bottom  Line: This bumbling would-be Big Apple eye and perennial shit magnet will work for booze. Or dope.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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