Neil Hamel Mysteries

NORTH OF THE BORDER
Introduces Neil and her lover the Kid
Published by Walker
Mystery Guild selection
Pocket Books paperback edition
UNM Press trade paperback edition

“Neil Hamel is the best thing to happen to criminal investigation since Father Brown - a wonderful human whom mystery readers are going to love . . . Van Gieson is a classy writer.”  Tony Hillerman

“A well-thought out plot, with absolutely magical descriptions . . . Neil is a find.”  Kirkus starred review

RAPTOR
Neil travels to Montana and gets involved in falcon poaching
Published by HarperCollins
Pocket Books paperback edition
UNM Press trade paperback edition

“Van Gieson employs tight plotting and vivid scene-setting, but it is character than compels her novel - always a good sign.”  Detroit News

“Well written . . .  entertaining.”  Boston Sunday Globe

THE OTHER SIDE OF DEATH
Published by HarperCollins
Pocket Books paperback edition
UNM trade paperback edition

“A standout . . . Neil may actually be more interesting than Kinsey and as staunch as V.I. - but with a better love life.”  Kirkus starred review

“Neil Hamel quickly establishes herself as a series heroine with her own distinctive style and voice to stand out in the swelling crowd of female sleuths . . . a tough minded, sensual woman with self-mocking honesty.”  Washington Post Book World

THE WOLF PATH
About the attempt to reintroduce the Mexican gray wolf to New Mexico
Published by HarperCollins
Harper Paperbacks edition
ABQ Press trade paperback edition 2006

 

Optioned for a feature film by La Bajada Entertainment

“Smart, involving, informative.  The author’s best to date.”  Kirkus starred review

“A new face to watch.  Crisp, taut and utterly compelling.”  Entertainment Weekly

“Van Gieson can stand up with what the best woman writers in the field have to offer.”  Denver Post

 

THE LIES THAT BIND
Published by HarperCollins
Harper Paperback edition

Optioned by CBS

Shamus Award finalist for best detective novel

“Neil is a real maverick in her clean town and just the person to clean up its city streets.”  The New York Times Book Review

“Neil Hamel is funny, sexy and very bright . . . the detective work is excellent and well told . . . the writing is crisp and wry.”  Boston Globe

PARROT BLUES
Neil gets involved in parrot smuggling
Published by HarperCollins
Harper Paperback edition

“Van Gieson writes with grace, tangles her phrases skillfully, and plots a compelling story down to the intricate final turns.”  Washington Post Book World

“A taut, atmospheric mystery . . . The action is swift, Neil’s her usual competent self, and assorted parrots get some of the best lines.”  Orlando Sentinel

HOTSHOTS
Inspired by a tragic wildfire in Colorado
Published by HarperCollins
Harper Paperback edition

Spirit of Magnifico Award

“Van Gieson’s prose is clean and refreshingly straightforward, and she has succeeded in making both her protagonist-narrator and the New Mexican locales memorable.”  Los Angeles Times

“Exciting . . . Van Gieson’s best book to date.”   Denver Post

DITCHRIDER
Girls and gangs in Albuquerque
Published by HarperCollins
Harper Paperbacks edition

“Van Gieson’s moving exploration of gang culture contributes a poignant chord to the richly characterized and atmospheric series.”  Publisher’s Weekly

“The eighth in Judith Van Gieson’s acute, beautifully fluent series . . . Nicely paced and suspenseful . . . Van Gieson’s natural and human landscape makes her work exceptional . . . A  superior crime novel.”  Washington Post Book World