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October 12, 1953

Happy Birthday

Thomas "Skin" Kadash arrives in Portland, Oregon.
September 1970

Heat Death

In 1970 just before he ships out to Vietnam, Skin has his first real encounter with crime in "Heat Death." It’s his origin story, but without radioactive spiders or toxic waste.
February 1973

Back from Vietnam

Back from Vietnam, Skin serves 2-1/2 years as a US Army MP.
October 1975


Skin separates from the US Army with an honorable discharge.
June 1980

College Graduate

Skin graduates from Portland State University with a bachelor's degree in criminology.
September 1980

Joins Portland Police Bureau

After college, Skin attends the police academy, then joins the Portland Police Bureau.
February 1999

Homicide Detective

Skin spends thirteen years as a patrol officer, and four more investigating property crimes before finally advancing to Homicide.
February 2001

Partners with Susan Mulvaney

Begins his partnership on Homicide with Susan Mulvaney.
November 2004

Day One (earlier)

Both during Skin’s days as a homicide detective and after he retires, Skin finds himself entangled in a crime with roots going back years.
December 2006

Lost Dog

Detective Skin Kadash makes his first appearance in print as one of two detectives investigating a series of murders in which dissipated Portlander Peter McKrall has become implicated.
Spring 2007

Cancer Diagnosis

Skin is diagnosed with bladder cancer. During his treatment, he takes medical leave of absence from the Portland Police Bureau.
Spring 2007

Chasing Smoke

Skin Kadash’s first solo outing, with appearances by Ruby Jane Whittaker as well as his partner, Detective Susan Mulvaney.
Spring 2007

The Missus

Skin investigates the death of a woman at the hands of her foster son, Joey Getchie.
October 2007


Skin formally retires from the Portland Police Bureau.
October 31, 2007

Sunlight Nocturne

Skin spends the day with his neighbor and her young son as police pursue home invaders in a dramatic citywide chase.
November 2007

Day One (later)

The later events of Day One.
March 2008

The Last Ship

Skin travels to the Oregon Coast to recover from the events of Day One and finds himself embroiled in strange local doings.
April–May 2008

County Line

Skin seeks out the missing Ruby Jane, whose disappearance is tied to events which transpired twenty years previously. Peter McKrall returns to help in the search.
Summer 2008

Coffee, Black

Now retired, Skin investigates vandalism at a Portland coffee shop with the help of Ruby Jane, and finds more than he bargained for.


Skin is working as a barista at Uncommon Cup, Ruby Jane Whittaker's coffee house.
September 2013

Property of the State

Skin has an unnamed cameo in Property of the State.

Daisy and the Desperado

Skin investigates the whacky goings-on at the house of co-worker Marcy’s grandmother.
September 2023


Quiescent for fifteen years, Skin's cancer returns with a vengeance. Traveling to Seattle with Ruby Jane, he arrives mere hours after the specialist he was scheduled to see is murdered.