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A stand-alone mystery by the author of the bestselling Nick Drake Mystery Series.


Blue Macaw goes missing as a California oil company plots to drill in her Amazon homeland. When her brother is accused of killing a company executive, an old friend asks Jess Parks to prove his innocence. Finding Blue Macaw is key, and Jess, a skilled member of the sheriff’s department search and rescue team where the killing took place, must navigate between the streets of Oakland and the lush rainforest.

He unravels a complex web of lies and motives, including his friend’s, while developing a deep bond with Blue Macaw’s tribe whose members share with him their traditional ways and deep connection to the rainforest. With time running out, Jess Parks risks it all to find the truth in order to expose the killer, deliver justice for the tribe, and protect their imperiled home.

Hard Blue Empty masterfully combines compelling characters, mystery, and nature in a whodunnit that will keep readers guessing on a thrilling journey of suspense and adventure that is sure to linger long after the final revelation and last page is turned.

California Works: Short Stories

Winner of the Selena McDonald Kennedy Fiction Award.


Meet the men and women who dwell on the far side of the California Dream: a war vet who rustles cactus near Palm Springs, a teenager living in the shadow of Disneyland about to be pulled into the draft, a Hollywood actress on the run from a violent past, a North Coast fisherman whose marriage founders when his son is lost at sea. Spare but lyrical, these beautiful tales of love, loss, and redemption, where place is as much a character as the people, take readers on an unforgettable journey along the deep river of the human spirit.

“Dwight Holing’s work compels us with the texture of its language, entering us like music and insisting that we feel the story on more than one level as we read it. This is a writer who impresses us with his eye and ear and heart.” – Judson Mitcham, Poet Laureate of Georgia

Over Our Heads under Our Feet: Short Stories

From the winner of the Arts & Letters Prize for Fiction, a soul-stirring collection of short fiction.


Traveling from the poignant to the humorous and back again, Dwight Holing takes readers on a memorable voyage to the wilderness of love where people must reconcile desire and reality. These stories explore terrains both exotic and familiar — from the wilds of Africa where a couple must contend with an unspoken truth to a woman fighting for a child in an orphanage to a wind farmer falling under the spell of an island’s magic. They journey to the territory in our hearts where the human spirit dwells while marveling at the natural world’s ability to nourish our souls.

“Written with humanity and humor. Beautiful and moving.” – Kirkus Reviews