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Ned Hickson

Writer/Retired Journalist

Author of the Shane McPhearson, P.I. series

Writer/Retired Journalist


Action-packed and exciting book. If you're a Patterson, "Alex Cross" fan, you'll enjoy this book. It's better!
And a sequel is coming!

'Wonderfully exciting novel'

Marci Dobson 

Do you like a great twist and well-developed characters? Then this book is for you! Romance, crime and a few giggles. I absolutely love Shane and can't wait for August and the next book in the series!

'Witty and well-written read'

Amanda Boulware

I enjoyed this book, the characters, the story, the writing style were all VERY entertaining. I look forward to reading the sequel!

Now Available

No Safe Harbor

What begins as a simple attempt by Seattle private investigator Shane McPhearson to find the guardians of an 8-year-old boy discovered hiding in Lincoln Park reveals a wide-spread web of lies, cover-ups and deception woven throughout the city's Eighth Precinct, with ties to organized crime — and Jacob knowing the secret that threatens them all.

Set in the late 1990s, this crime thriller explores the residual effects of abandonment as Shane and Jacob's dangerous journey runs parallel to their own individual childhood traumas. Together, they heal the emotional wounds of the past as they race to find the truth that will save them from the threat posed by those seeking to hide it.

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Available in hardback, paperback and ebook

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'Great Writing & Characters'

Lodell Halvorson 

Pacific Northwest is my writing canvas


"Living in Oregon, I am constantly aware of the dichotomy of beauty and danger that co-exist — in nature and 'civilization.' The Pacific Northwest, in all its splendor, also has an uneasy history with organized crime. I find that juxtaposition a fascinating backdrop for compelling storytelling. "


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About Ned Hickson

Ned Hickson is an award-winning nationally syndicated columnist and retired journalist. He has been awarded “Best Local Column” and “Best Commentary” from both the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.


His first book, Humor at the Speed of Life (2013), is a collection of columns over his 23 years at Siuslaw News, where he also served as editor-in-chief from 2016-2021. His second book, Pearls of Writing Wisdom: From 16 shucking years as a columnist (2016), is a humorous writer’s guide offering tips, inspiration and insights from his many years as a columnist and writer.

No Safe Harbor (2023) is his first suspense novel and the first in a series featuring Seattle private investigator Shane McPhearson, with the next book in the series, “Harbinger of Truth,” scheduled for release in August 2024. He is also working on a young adult paranormal fiction mystery, The Truth About Emily, planned for release in December 2024.

He lives on the central Oregon coast with his incredible wife, his Harley Sportster, their anxious Australian shepherd (it's a dog), a crazy female tabby cat, and a growing murder of neighboring crows.

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