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Adams, Alice. Second Chances. New York: Random House, 1988

Appelman, William H. Claim to Fame. New York: Carroll & Graf Publisher, Inc. 1993.

Babitz, Eve. Black Swans. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. 1993. From Kirkus Reviews:  Babitz (Sex and Rage, 1979; L.A. Woman, 1982, etc.) is an acquired taste: her slewing style, bad-girl postures, and sad-funny takes on hedonism can be deliciously shocking but don't always blend-up right. Here, though, as the narrator of these nine story/essays, approaches middle-age--after all the drugs, booze, groupie sex, and wild passionate flings--the sense of brakes applied (by 12-step-programs and simple aging) turns Babitz's voice sage as well as outrageous. A number of the pieces revolve around the L.A.-based narrator's weakness for visiting male New York writers; in the best of these, the title one, an effervescent affair is ruined when the narrator dares get something she wrote published for the first time (``Normal men aren't going to love anyone who looks forward to anything but them''). Yet as dispensed as Babitz's people try to be, they never are far from their fears and insecurities--and her wisecracking, ain't-it-the-truth-honey voice is just about perfect in illuminating the fact. Equally good, if somewhat labored (Babitz's chief stylistic flaw is repetitiousness), is a pair of pieces about learning to tango, being swept up in the dance's ``fearless wrongness'': funny, philosophical (``Nobody `got on with their life' in Tango Argentina; they preferred suffering in hell for all eternity''), and with desperate polish. Babitz's best book yet. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

---.   L.A. Woman. New York: Linden Press/Simon & Schuster, 1982.

Barker, Joan C. Danger Duty & Disillusion : The Worldview of Los Angeles Police  

Bart, Peter. The Gross: The Hits, The Flops-The Summer That Ate Hollywood.             Griffin Trade Paperback, 2000.

---. The Marlene Dietrich Murder Case. St. Martin Press: New York. 1993. “New Year's Eve, 1931: Marlene Dietrich, as the reigning queen of Hollywood, sees fit to throw a royal bash in order to show off her legendary legs - and her secret-recipe potato pancakes. Gloria Swanson, Joan Crawford, and Jean Harlow are only a few of the luminaries who grace Marlene's star-studded guest list, and an astrologer's warning of danger serves only to heighten the Blue Angel's spirits. The only danger Marlene foresees avoiding is Groucho Marx after a bit too much revelry." "The danger, however, centers upon the astrologer herself, who upstages her hostess with a dire prediction about a new world war - and is subsequently murdered. But while death may be a show-stopper in some houses, it makes Marlene a detective for the prosecution." "Marlene is convinced that the culprit lies among the astrologer's clientele of show-biz greats and political heavies, and with Dietrich determination, the screen siren takes on Hollywood gossips, European power brokers, and Nazi sympathizers in order to find a star-crossed killer. In the barbed and wickedly witty style for which he is known, George Baxt has brought Marlene Dietrich to life in all her riveting charm, lively humor, and hausfraulich love of cooking."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Baxt, George. The Mae West Murder Case. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1993.

Bishop, Paul. Chalk Whispers. Scribner: New York. 2000.

---. Tequila Mockingbird. Scribner: New York. 1997."The murder of Alex Waverly, a highly decorated detective assigned to the LAPD's clandestine Anti-Terrorist Division, appears to be an open-and-shut case of domestic violence turned deadly." "Circumstances are not exactly what they seem, however, as Fey Croaker discovers when the chief of police removes responsibility for the investigation from the department's Robbery-Homicide Division and assigns it to her with instructions to wrap it up "quick and tidy. No muss, no fuss."" "Dropped into the middle of a power struggle between the chief of police and Vaughn Harrison, the department's deputy chief in charge of overseeing specialized investigation units - including Robbery-Homicide Division and Alex Waverly's Anti-Terrorist Division - Fey is torn between her loyalty to the Old Guard and following the razor's edge of integrity in a world filled with lies and deceptions." "Struggling to overcome her personal demons, especially the death of her lover, Fey and her appealing crew, the dynamic Arch Hammersmith and Rhonda Lawless (a.k.a. Hammer and Nails), Brindle Jones, Abraham Cohen (a.k.a. Alphabet), and Fey's second-in-command Monk Lawson, courageously search for the truth, no matter what the cost. Racing to stay ahead of the rising body count, they quickly become moving targets in their struggle to stop a south-of-the-border terrorist from striking at the very heart of Los Angeles."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Biskind, Peter. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How The Sex-Drugs-And Rock ‘N’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1999.

Block, Francesca Lia. . Echo. New York: Joanna Cotler Books, 2001.

---. The Hanged Man. New York: Harper Trophy. 1999.

---. The Weetzie Bat. Harper Collins Publisher, Inc: New York. 1999.“Collapse teenage vernacular into one hip dictionary; people a glittering pink flamingo universe with a fairy godmother, homosexual boys so sweet you could hug 'em, and a wide-eyed innocent named Weetzie Bat; map it all out among the jammed highways and cement strips of L.A.'s boulevards, and you have this funny debut. A blithe, frank tale with a spirit so generous and a vision so clear that any innocents in the crowd will glide through this blue-sky-sand-and-surf scene unscathed.” (This review appears at

---. Witch Baby. Harper Collins Publisher, Inc: New York. 1992

Bludis, Jack. The Big Switch. Chicago: Design Image Group Inc, 2001.

Bontempts, Arna. God Sends Sunday. New York: Penguin Group, 1997.

            Books, 2001.

Borger, Irene. From a Burning House: The AIDS Project Los Angeles Writers Workshop Collection. New York: Pocket Books.

Boyd, William. New Confession. New York: Vintage Books, 2000.

Boyle, T. Coraghessan. T.C. Boyle Stories. New York: Penguin Books, 1999.

Boyle, T. Coraghessan. Tortilla Curtain. London: Penguin, 1996

Braudy, S. Who Killed Sal Mineo. New York: Wyndham Books, 1982.

Breen, Jon L. The Gathering Place. Walker and Company: New York. 1984.

---. Touch of the Past. Walter and Company: New York. 1988.

Brenner, Leslie. Greetings From The Golden State: A Novel. New York: Picador USA,

Brown, Sandra. Send No Flowers. New York: Bantam Books, 1999.

Burby, Lisa N. The Watts Riot. San Diego, Ca: Lucent Books, 1997.

Cacek, P.D. Night Prayers : A Vampire Novel. Chicago: Design Image Group Incorporated. 1998.

Cain, James M. Double indemnity. New York: Vintage Books, 1992.

Cain, James. The Postman Always Rings Twice. Chicago: Random House.            

Calbi, Eran, and Vangelisti, Paul. L.A. Exile. A Guide To Los Angeles Writing             1932-1998. New York: Consortium Book Sales & Dist, 1999.

Cambell, Bebe Moore. Singing in the Comeback Choir. London: Puntman Publishing, 1997.

Cannell, Stephen J. Viking Funeral. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2002.

Cannell, Stephen J. The Tin Collectors. New York: St. Martin’s Press. 2001. The Tin Collectors is about the internal affairs officers of the LAPD. A sergeant is accused of killing his partner. The sergeant finds out about the secret life oh his former partner and corruption that he has caused.

Canoin, Francois. The End of the World is Los Angeles: Stories. Missouri: University of Missouri Press. 1982.

Carillo, Louis. Edward Olmos. Austin Texas: Raintree Steck Vaught. 1997.

Cartey, Wilfred. Whispers From the Caribbean. Reagents of the University of California and Wilfred Carter. 1991.

Cendrars, Blaise. Hollywood: Mecca of the Movies. Berkley: University of California Press, 1995.

Chandler, Raymond.The Big Sleep. New York: Vintage Books, 1996.

---. Farewell My Lovely. New York: Modern Library, 1995.

---. The Lady in the Lake. New York: A. A. Knopf, 1943.

---.  Playback.  Milano: Mondadori, 1988.

---. The Simple Art of Murder. New York: Vintage Books. 1988.

Childress, Mark. Crazy in Alabama. New York: Ballantine Publishing Group, 1994. From Kirkus Reviews: Flames of passion and rebellion confront the darkness of intolerance in Alabama, with many a macabre twist--in Childress's latest southern-fried coming-of-age tale (V for Victor, 1984; Tender, 1990, etc.). The quiet life is over for orphaned 12-year-old Peejoe Bullis and his brother Wiley, both living with their grandmother, when lovely Aunt Lucille stops to visit in 1965--on her way to Hollywood after ending an oppressive marriage by giving her spouse D-Con in his coffee. An hour later, she leaves six kids behind and drives off with hubby's head in a sealed Tupperware bowl (after first taking him out to show everyone); shortly thereafter, Peejoe and Wiley are taken to nearby Industry to live with Lucille's brother- -Uncle Dove, an unassuming undertaker--at the moment when civil rights becomes a burning issue in the town. The point of contention is a new whites-only municipal pool, at which demonstrations are held after a black boy is killed during a scuffle with deputies. Peejoe's terrified face is photographed during a night ambush of demonstrators by rednecks, later appearing on the cover of Life; and when fair-minded Dove also sides with the victims, his family and business quickly fall apart. Meanwhile, Aunt Lucille finds instant fame herself, falling into a promising role in The Beverly Hillbillies--until the Tupperware secret spills out at a party and she's forced to hotfoot it from Hollywood. Arrested with the head in her hands, she returns to Alabama for trial and is convicted, but a lusty judge lets her go--just in time for Dove's funeral home to be burned and his black assistant lynched. Threading a thin line between bizarre comedy and ugly southern reality, this is a deftly balanced tale that unravels in the end- -when the fantastic and tragic elements clash in a finale both brutal and banal. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition

Chipman, Bruce. Into America's Dream-Dump: A Postmodern Study of the Hollywood Novel. Chicago: University Press of Chicago, 1999.

Collins, Jackie. Hollywood Kids. Michigan: Pocket Books. 1995.

---. Hollywood Wives: The New Generation. New York: Simon & Schuster Track. 2001.

---. Lethal Seduction. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc. 2000. 

---. The Love Killers. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc. 1991.

Compo, Susan. Life and Death and other short stories. Winchester: Faber and Faber Inc. 1990.

---. Malingering. Faber and Faber: Boston. 1993.

---. Pretty Things. Oregon: Verse Chorus Press. 2001.

Connelly, Michael. Angels Flight. New York: Timer Warner. 2000. This book is about a lawyer who is killed at the Angles Flight railway in downtown Los Angeles. The lawyer was about to start a big case against the Los Angeles Police Department. Many people believe that a cop might have killed the lawyer.

---. The Black Echo. Waterville, ME Thorndike Press; Bath England: Chivers Press. 2001.

---.  Black Ice. Boston:  Little, Brown Company, 1993. From Kirkus Reviews.  Second tense, tightly wound tangle of a case for Hieronymous Bosch (The Black Echo, 1991). This time out, the LAPD homicide cop, who's been exiled to Hollywood Division for his bumptious behavior, sniffs out the bloody trail of the designer drug "black ice". Connelly (who covers crime for the Los Angeles Times) again flexes his knowledge of cop ways--and of cop-novel cliches. Cast from the hoary mold of the maverick cop, Bosch pushes his way onto the story's core case--the apparent suicide of a narc--despite warnings by top brass to lay off. Meanwhile, Bosch's boss, a prototypical pencil-pushing bureaucrat hoping to close out a majority of Hollywood's murder cases by New Year's Day, a week hence, assigns the detective a pile of open cases belonging to a useless drunk, Lou Porter. One of the cases, the slaying of an unidentified Hispanic, seems to tie in to the death of the narc, which Bosch begins to read as murder stemming from the narc's dirty involvement in black ice. When Porter is murdered shortly after Bosch speaks to him, and then the detective's love affair with an ambitious pathologist crashes, Bosch decides to head for Mexico, where clues to all three murders point. There, the well-oiled, ten- gear narrative really picks up speed as Bosch duels with corrupt cops; attends the bullfights; breaks into a fly-breeding lab that's the distribution center for Mexico's black-ice kingpin; and takes part in a raid on the kingpin's ranch that concludes with Bosch waving his jacket like a matador's cape at a killer bull on the rampage. But the kingpin escapes, leading to a not wholly unexpected twist--and to a touching assignation with the dead narc's widow. Expertly told, and involving enough--but lacking the sheer artistry and heart-clutching thrills of, say, David Lindsay's comparable Stuart Haydon series (Body of Evidence, etc.). -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

----. A Darkness More Than Night. Chicago: Little Brown & Company. 2001.

----. The Last Coyote. Boston: Little Brown and Co., 1995. Harry Bosch's life is a mess. His new house has been condemned because of earthquake damage. His girlfriend has left him. He's drinking too much. And he's even had to turn in his badge: he attacked his commanding officer and is suspended indefinitely pending a psychiatric evaluation. At first Bosch resists the LAPD shrink, but finally he recognizes that something is troubling him, a force that may have shaped his entire life. In 1961, when Harry was twelve, his mother was brutally murdered. No one was ever even accused of the crime. Harry opens up the decades-old file on the case and is irresistibly drawn into a past he has always avoided. It's clear that the case was fumbled. His mother was a prostitute, and even thirty years later the smell of a cover-up is unmistakable. Someone powerful was able to keep the investigating officers away from key suspects. Even as he confronts his own shame about his mother, Harry relentlessly follows up the old evidence, seeking justice or at least understanding. Out of the broken pieces of the case he discerns a trail that leads upward, toward prominent people who lead public lives high in the Hollywood hills. And as he nears his answer, Harry finds that ancient passions don't die. They cause new murders even today. —From the Publisher, Little Brown and Co.

Corbin, Steven. A Hundred Days From Now. Alyson Publications, Inc: Boston. 1994.

Corpi, Lucha. Eulogy for a Brown Angel. Houston: Arte Publico Press, 1992.

            Corporation, 1999.

Covino, Michael. The Negative. Viking Press. 1993. "Michael Covino's The Negative is a debut novel of stunning narrative strength and uncommonly incisive dark humor. It's a story about the movie industry, a story of Hollywood at its most excessive and funniest, a story of a world-class, half-mad director and his attempt to create the perfect film. A shrewd black comedy, The Negative explores the psychopathology of the artist and the artistry of the psychopath." "Doug Lowell, an avant-garde filmmaker turned successful mainstream director, is one of the most powerful people in the movie industry. He's sequestered himself in the editing bunker on his estate in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where he has just finished the sequel to his earlier commercial and critical hit, The High Plateau of Stars. He has bankrolled it himself, but - driven, self-destructive, with nightmares scaling the walls of his sleep - he has gone thirty million dollars over budget and come in two years late. He's reluctant to let it go - it's not quite perfect (far from it, Doug reflects ruefully) - but under immense pressure from his lawyers, accountants, and business manager, he delivers it to the negative cutter." "Then - a phone call. The final-cut negative is... missing. Hence, a story of electrifying surprises and jaw-dropping reversals is set in motion: the story of a film director, a Cornell-educated mobster's son, a loopy untenured professor of popular culture, and his offbeat student lover, nobody's fool. It is a world where things are not what they appear to be, where reality magics into its opposite. As The Negativeaccelerates toward its startling, wondrous, and harrowing conclusion, it establishes Michael Covino as a supremely gifted writer in the front ranks of American novelists."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Crais, Robert. Free Fall. New York: Bantam Books, 1993.

---. Indigo Slam. New York: Hyperion, 1996.

---. LA Requiem. New York : Ballantine Books, 2000.

---. Lullaby Town: An Elvis Cole Mystery. New York: Bantam Books, 1992.

---. Stalking the Angel. New York: Bantan Books Inc. 1991.

---. Sunset Express. New York: Hyperion, 1996.

---. Voodoo River. New York: Hyperion, 1995.

Dale, Furutani.  Death in Little Tokyo.  New York:  St. Martin's Press. 1996. 

Davis, Mike. City of Quartz: Excavating The Future in Los Angeles. New York: Vintage Books, 1999.

----. Ecology Of Fear: Los Angeles and The Imagination. New York: Vintage Books, 1999.

----. Magical Urbanism: Latinos Reinvent The U.S. Big City. London, New York: Verso, 2000.

Davis, Gwen. Silk Lady. Los Angeles: Warner Books, 1986 .

Dawson, Jim. Doghouse: “Los Angeles Under World of 1940’s.” Los Angeles: Holloway House Publishing Company. 1982.

Debin, David. The Big O. Carroll and Graf Publishers, Inc: New York. 1994.

            Delaware: SR Books. 1997.

Dick, Phillip K. Puttering about in a Small Land.  New York: Viking, 1986.

Dickey, Eric Jerome. Liar’s Game. Maryland: NAL, 2001.

---. Sister, Sister.1997

Didion, Joan. Play It As It Lays. New York : Noon Day Press, 1997.

---. Run River. New York: I. Obolensky, 1963.

Dunham, Roger. Final Diagnosis. Penguin Group: New York. 1993.

Dunne, Dominick. Another City Not My Own. New York: Crown publishing Group. 1997. 

Dunn, John Gregory. Play-Land. Random House: New York. 1994.

---. True Confessions. New York : Oldcastle Books. 2000.

Eberhardt, Michael. Body of A Crime. Dutton Books: New York. 1994.

Ellis, Bret Easton. Less Than Zero. New York: Vintage Books, 1998.

Ellroy, James. The Big Nowhere. New York: Mysterious Press, 1998.

---. The Black Dahlia. New York: Warner Books. 1998.

---. Brown's Requiem. Great Britain: Allison and Bulsby Ltd. 1981. 

---. Crime Wave. New York: Books on Tape, Incorporated, 1999.

---. L.A. Confidential. New York: Warner Books. 1997.

---. L.A. Noir. London : Mysterious Press, 1998. Mysterious Press edition published by arrangement with Arrow Books, Random House: London. 1998. “James Ellroy explored modern-day L.A. in a trilogy featuring his anti-hero cop, Det. Sgt. Lloyd Hopkins. Now in one volume, here are the three original novels”. “Blood on the Moon. Twenty random killings of women remain unconnected in police files. But Det. Sgt. Lloyd Hopkins sees a pattern. In a shattering climax, cold, icy intelligence and white-heated madness are pitted against each other...” “Because the Night. Jacob Herzog, hero cop, has disappeared. A multiple murder committed with a pre-Civil War revolver remains unsolved. Are the two cases linked? As Det. Sgt. Lloyd Hopkins pieces the puzzle together, her uncovers a startling trail of arcane secrets and madness – all leading to one psychotic mastermind.” “Suicide Hill. Duane Rice kidnaps  bank manager’s girlfriend and an orgy of violence erupts. Leading the manhunt, Det. Sgt Lloyd Hopkins stumbles on a horrifying conspiracy of corruption and betrayal – among his own colleagues....” --BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

---. White Jazz. Published by Alfred A. Knott, Inc. Copyright 1992."Killings, beatings, bribes, shakedowns - it's all in a day's work for Lieutenant Dave Klein, Los Angeles Police Department. Trained as a lawyer in school, schooled as a strong arm on the street, bought and paid for by the mob, there's nothing he's not into and nobody's better at any of it. But in the fall of 1958, when the Feds announce a full-out investigation into police corruption, everything goes haywire." "Suddenly, the game Klein thought he was running has a new set of rules - and they're not his. He's been hung out as bait, "a bad cop to draw the heat," and the heat's coming from all sides: from local politicians, from LAPD brass, from racketeers and drug kingpins - all of them hell-bent on keeping their own dirty secrets hidden. For Klein, "forty-two and going on dead," it's dues time." "And it's Klein who tells his own story - his voice clipped and sharp and as brutal as the events he's describing - taking us with him on a hellish journey through a world shaped by monstrous ambition, greed, and perversion. It's a world he helped create, but now he'll do anything to get out of it alive..." "Fierce, riveting, and honed to a razor-edge, White Jazz is crime fiction at its most shattering, and the most explosive novel yet from James Ellroy."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Erickson, Steven . Amnesiascope . New York : Henry Holt & Company, 1996.

---. Days Between Stations. New York : Poseidon Press, 1986.

---. Leap Year. New York: Poseidon Press, 1989.

---. Rubicon Beach . New York : Poseidon Press, 1986.

Eulo, Ken and Joe Mauck. Claw. Simon and Schuster: New York. 1994.

Ewing, Lynne. The Lost One. New York. Books for Children, 2001.

---. Night Shade. New York : Hyperion Press, 2001.

Fante, John. Ask the Dust.  

---.  The Road to Los Angeles. Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press. 1995. The issues are the struggle of youth and the balancing of talent against personal pride. The family is based on the author’s alter ego Bandini.

Ferrigno, Robert. Flinch . New York : Pantheon Books, 2001 .

Ferris, Jeri Chase. With Open Hands: A Story About Biddy Mason. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books. 1999.

Fine, David. Imagining Los Angeles: A City in Fiction. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. 2000. "The promotional literature that lured sun-starved Midwesterners to Southern California in the 1880s hyped the region as the New Eden. But the novelists who created our vision of Los Angeles soon began to see it as Dystopia rather than Utopia, a corrupt, unreal city foreshadowing and reflecting all that is wrong with America. David Fine traces the history of the place through the work of the authors who have defined it in our imaginations."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

---. Los Angeles in Fiction. University of New Mexico Press: Albuquerque. 1984.

Fitch, Janet. White Oleander: Oprah’s Club. Boston: Little Brown & Co., 1999.This is about a girl named Ingrid who kills her boyfriend with poison and is sent to prison, she leaves her daughter in the string of Los Angeles.  Her daughter then has to teach herself the art of surviving in foster homes in the city of Los Angeles. —Book Description, Little Brown & Co.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Last Tycoon. New York, Scribner, 1970.

---. The Love of the Last Tycoon: A Western. Macmillan: Boston, 1994. "The Love of the Last Tycoon, edited by the preeminent Fitzgerald scholar Matthew J. Bruccoli, is a restoration of the author's phrases, words, and images that were excised from the 1940 edition, giving new luster to an unfinished literary masterpiece. It is the story of the young Hollywood mogul Monroe Stahr, who was inspired by the life of boy-genius Irving Thalberg, and is an expose of the studio system in its heyday. The Love of the Last Tycoon is now available for the first time in paperback."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Foster, Suzanne. Every Breath She Takes. New York:  Jove Book. 1999.

Freeman, David. A Hollywood Life. Simon and Schuster: New York. 1991

Garcia, Guy. Skin Deep. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997. The narrator of Skin Deepis David Loya, a second generation Chicano from the East LA barrio. With a degree from Harvard Law School he is a rising star in New York law firm. He returns to LA in response to an urgent request from a Harvard friend to find a missing illegal Mexican named Josefina Juarez. David’s search for Juarez takes him deep into the barrio where the mystery of her fate upends his world and forces to confront long-buried questions about family, love, friendship, and his own identity. Skin Deep is a novel about coming of age in the new America, a place in which races and cultures have not so much melded as collided and in which no identity is secure--Book Description From the Back Cover, University of California Press.

Gerber, Merill Joan. Anna In Chains. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1998.

---. The Lady with the Moving Parts. New York: Arbor House, 1978.

Gilb, Dagoberto. The Magic of Blood. Alburquerque: University of New Mexico, 1950. "In this dynamic collection of short stories, including eight from Winners on the Pass Line (1985), Dagoberto Gilb captures the texture of the Southwest's working class in clear, ironic, and bitingly realistic fiction about regular people going about their complex lives."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Goldsmith, Olivia. Flower of the Month. Poseidon Press: New York. 1993.

Grafton, Sue. P Is for Peril. New York : Putnam Pub Group, 2001.

Grapes, Jack. 13 Los Angeles Poets. Los Angeles: Bombshelter Press. 1997.

Gregory, M. L. Equal to the Princes. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1986.

Grimson, Todd. Brand New Cherry Flavor. Harper Collins Publishers: New York. 1997. "Meet Lisa. A Hollywood legend-in-the-making, Lisa Nova played the third nude victim in The L.A. Ripper. She helped produce the underground masterpiece, Girl, 10, Murders Boys. Lisa was on her way - until today, when she got screwed (literally) out of a much-needed directing job. Now Lisa wants revenge. And what Lisa wants...." "Blessed with body and brains, Lisa uses both to wreak her special vengeance, networking her way from the rock star Code, to ultra-hip DJ Ultra Jim, through Zed, who collects tres personal celebrity memorabilia (i.e. Drew Barrymore's tampons) all the way to Boro, a young Latino low-rider who claims a line of credit in the Afterworld." "Boro's bloody retribution begins with an exploding guest spraying warm gore across Lisa's victim. And it gets even better. When mysterious tattoos start appearing on Lisa's body, accompanied by stranger-than-usual sexual desires, Lisa realizes that her hunger for revenge has awakened a most ancient and implacable curse. She has networked her way into a terrifying reality that reaches all the way from Rodeo Drive to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, from Topanga Canyon to the lost graveyards of the Amazon...." "Lisa, meet the Soul Eater."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Hamildo, Denise.  The Jasmine Trade.  New York: Scribner, 2001.

Hamilton, Laurrel.  Kiss of Shadows.  New York:  Ballantine Publishing Group, 2002.

Hansel, Arthur. A Call from Los Angeles. New York: Saint Martins Press. 1987.

Hansen Joseph. Living Upstairs. New York: Penguin Group,1993. From Kirkus Reviews From the 1991 Lambda Award-winning author of the acclaimed Dave Brandstetter mysteries: a wartime idyll of Hollywood's colorful, disreputable gay community, told from the point of view of an aspiring young novelist. Suspicious of his artist roommate Hoyt Stubblefield's unexplained absences, Nathan Reed follows him to a memorial service for Communist organizer Eva Schaffer. There's something funny about Eva's ``accidental'' death--she was run over by a streetcar--but Hoyt, who's quietly trying to track down her killer, is as closemouthed as the Party regulars. Meanwhile, life goes on. An FBI agent warns Nathan to move out of Hoyt's to protect himself: ``I've seen your IQ scores.'' Nathan gets an advance on his autobiographical first novel and quits his drudgery at a bookstore to write full-time. Reggie Poole, Nathan and Hoyt's tenant, worries that Mike Voynich, the Adonis he thinks could be a star, will run out on him; Hoyt's friend Benbow Harsch, a philosophy professor who'd rather play the piano, cripples his fingers by stiffening the action on his new instrument. Rick Ames--once a writer, now a drinker--entangles Hoyt and Nathan with his threatening landlord Percy Hinkley and Percy's come-hither child-wife Linnet. Hoyt's erotic paintings of Nathan and himself enjoy a big success among private collectors. A skeleton at a Halloween party at the seamy Black Cat club tells Nathan he knows who killed Eva Schaffer; the next morning, police find the body of an unidentified man a block from the club. Nathan's awkwardly loving father shows up and sees Hoyt's tell- all paintings. Miraculously, all the plots eventually get tied up, though the lingering effect is one of unrushed reminiscence. Nathan is always contrasting his unfinished book with the falseness of The Human Comedy, but the ardent tenderness suffusing his own story--despite Hansen's evocation of constant uneasiness and veiled threats--recalls no one more than Saroyan. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

Hansen, Joseph. Living Upstairs. New York: Penguin Group, 1993. “When Hoyt Stubblefield ambles into the cavernous bookstore on Hollywood Boulevard where nineteen-year-old Nathan Reed works, his good looks and wry Texas charm hold the boy spellbound. Within a week, Nathan has packed up his few belongings and moved in with Hoyt – into his upstairs rooms in a rickety old house, and into his bed.” “And so Nathan embarks on the happiest adventure of his young life and the most ominous. For Hoyt inhabits not just the world of ideas, books, music and paintings, which Nathan eagerly shares with him, but a secret world s well, a world of danger Hoyt forbids the young man to enter.” “Against the vividly evoked background of shabby side-street Hollywood in the 1940s, Joseph Hansen draws on his own real-life memories to people Living Upstairs with a large cast of colorful, outrageous, tragic, and hilarious characters from those far-off times.” “On a deeper level, this is a love story about lies, dangerous acquaintances, and the betrayal of innocence. Its often sunny hours are shadowed by masks, mirror images and merged identities, by murky politics and paintings so dark their naked sexuality is almost hidden. Last and first, it is haunted by an unsolved murder.” --BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Harris, Mark Jonathan. Come the Morning. New York: Bradbury Press, 1985.

Hart, Dianne Walta. Undocumented on Los Angeles: An Immigrant’s Story. Wilmington,

Haskett, A.L. Duncan Delaney and the Cadillac of Doom. Los Angeles: Jon Lin Books.

Haunley, Jessica, and Guzik, Jon. Los Angeles. New York : Really Great Books, 2001.

Hawkins, Oide. Lost Angeles: Tales of Los Angeles. Los Angeles: Holloway House Publishing. 1994.

Haywood, Gar. It’s Not A Pretty Sight. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sono, 1996.

Herrea-Sobek, Maria. The Barcero Experience. UCLA Latin American Center Publications: Los Angeles. 1979.

Himes, Chester, and Hodges, Graham. If He Hollers Let Him Go. New York :

Himes, Chester. The Lonely Crusade. New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press: Emeryville, 1986.

Hodges, Graham. If He Hollers, Let Him Go: A Novel. Sacramento: Thunders Mouth Press. 1995.

Hornsby, Wendy. Bad Intent: A Maggie MacGowen Mystery. Penguin Group: New York. 1994. "Maggie MacGowen, who sees sharply into the complexities of life and often solves crimes through the viewfinder of her video camera, is back in Los Angeles. Waiting for her is LAPD detective Mike Flint - and a case that will take her into the urban war zone of South Central L.A. There, a cop killing solved years before has reverberated through the lives of the three black children who witnessed it, one the son of the man convicted of the murder." "Fifteen years later the long-dead case comes back to life, exploding in the media with a bang. A ruthless politician has decided to get the minority vote by claiming the police coerced the children into pointing a finger at Charles Conklin, an innocent man. Conklin's son, deprived of a father's guidance, has ended up in Juvenile Hall charged with a murder of his own. It is a situation sure to ignite sparks of protest in a tinderbox city - and bring Mike Flint's career down in flames." "With her dreams newly joined to Mike's, Maggie begins her own campaign to clear his name, and the gutsy, prize-winning filmmaker is taking her camera and sleuthing skills into the heart of an embattled city. But beneath the smoggy L.A. skies, layer after layer of lies make the truth look out of focus around the edges. With her video running, Maggie captures the stark faces of shattered lives and the bodies that turn up. This is the real picture of cops and crime, politics and justice, poverty and dead-end streets where the savvy Maggie hopes to find the solution to a devastating mystery - or lose what is dearest to her heart." "Intelligent, multilayered, and filled with surprises, this no-holds-barred suspenseful mystery showcases Wendy Hornsby's cinematic eye for detail and her wise perspective on the inner city - with its all-too-human crimes of passion, rage, and broken dreams."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Huxley, Aldous. After a Many Summer Dies the Swan. New York: Harper Collins, 1983.

Huxley, Aldous. After Many a Summer the Swan Dies. Dee, Ivan R. Publisher. 1993.

Hylen, Arnold. Bunker Hill: A Los Angeles Landmark, L.A. Miscellany Series #7. Los Angeles: Dawson’s Book Shop. 1976.

Jackson, Sheneska.  Blessings.  New York: Simon & Schuster Trade, 1999. From Kirkus Reviews An overly slick third novel from Jackson (Li'l Mama's Rules, 1997, etc.) focuses in a rather programmatic way on the reproductive lives of four women; three black and one white. When Patricia learns that she's infertile, she falls into a deep depression that lifts only when her long-suffering husband Mark buys her the beauty salon she dubs Blessings. The shop gets off to a rocky start until Pat is joined by feisty young Zuma, a hot-shot hair stylist with a master plan. Tired of the no-account men in her life, Zuma saves a bundle of money, secretly planning to undergo artificial insemination and raise her child alone, partly to wipe away the pain of a long-ago abortion. Her story is set in counterpoint to that of Pat, who suffers bitterly, first over her barrenness and later over failed adoption efforts. Then there's Faye, a widow struggling to raise children her six-year-old son, who gets suspended for trying to strangle another boy; and her 16-year-old daughter, who gets pregnant and runs away. Meanwhile, a new manicurist, Sandy, the only white girl in this all-sister mix, is married to the owner of the strip joint where she used to dance. Tied down with her two small children, Sandy openly resents motherhood and flagrantly neglects three-year-old David and baby Dalila. The story's climax comes about through Sandy's monumentally selfish behavior, though her callousness is partially redeemed through an act of kindness to Pat and Mark. Jackson's focus on the ways children shape and alter women's lives is provocative. But breezy, cliche-written prose and facile observations on politics and love dilute whatever impact the story might have had. (First printing of 60,000) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Jaskel, Julie. City of Angels: In and Around Los Angeles. New York: Dutton Children’s Books, 1999. Editorial Reviews, By Kirkus Reviews: "Whirls of tiny, brightly dressed people some with wings fill Kleven's kaleidoscopic portraits of sun-drenched Los Angeles neighborhoods and landmarks; the Los Angeles based authors supply equally colorful accounts of the city's growth, festivals, and citizens, using an appended chronology to squeeze in a few more anecdotes. As does Kathy Jakobsen's My New York (1998), Jaskol and Lewis's book captures a vivid sense of a major urban area's bustle, diversity, and distinctive character; young Angelinos will get a hearty dose of civic pride, and children everywhere will find new details in the vibrant illustrations at every pass."

Jaskol, Julie & Brain Lewis. City of Angeles In and Around Los Angeles. 1st Edition. New York: Dutton Children’s Books. 1999.

Jenkins, Garry. Empire Building: The Remarkable Real-Life Story of Star Wars.

Kadohata, Cynthia. In the Heart of the Valley of Love. New York: Viking, 1992. In an acutely moving second novel, Kadohata (The Floating World, 1989) again records the spin of worlds--of pain or maybe love. Some of it makes sense; some of it does not. (``Is the world as wiggly for you as it is for me?'') The time is 2052 in L.A., decaying in a disintegrating landscape where the stars have faded behind pollution, disease is common, raw violence is on the rise, and the gap between castes, government, police and people turning feral is unbridgeable. A 19-year-old Japanese-American woman hopes to survive. Narrator Francie leaves her aunt after the aunt's boyfriend has been arrested. She enjoyed observing their love, but ``with people dying or getting hated to love people.'' Francie decides on college for something to do and works on the college paper. Here are her first friends in L.A. Besides Mark, soon to be her lover, there are: a former gang member, a misfit, a slapdash version of an investigative reporter, a minor celebrity who may or may not be a murderer, and Jewel, the chief editor, dying of cancer, who at first can't shake loose from an abusive lover. Kadohata's 2052 L.A. is a strangely familiar worst scenario of environmental and political doomsayers, and it's darkly illuminated here by grandly scary to theatrical conceits. But Kadohata locates within the ``melancholy, fatigue and disappointment'' the tender heart of love--buried deep. A beautifully crafted novel that warns and hurts and delights. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Kaminsky, Stuart M. Murder on the Yellow Brick Road. St. Martin’s Press: New York. 2000.

Kamisky, Stuart M. You Hit Your life. Oregon: Black Stone Audio, 2001.

Kazan, Elian. The Arrangement. New York: Random House, 1998.

Kellerman ---. Survival of the Fittest.  California:  Bantam Books, 1998.

Kerouac, Jack. The Dharma Bums. New York: Penguin Books, 1976.

Klein, Norman M. The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory. 

Koenig, David. Mouse Tales: A Behind-The-Ears Look At Disneyland. Irvine :

Koertge, Ron. The Harmony Arms. Published simultaneously in Canada by Little,
Bron and Company (Canada) Limited. Copyright 1992

Koontz Dean R. Winter Moon. New York: Bantan Books Incorporated. 2001.

Koontz, Dean. Winter Moon. Ballantine Books: New York. 1994.

Koontz, Dean. Winter Moon. Santa Barbara : Bantam Books Incorporated, 2001.

Koretge, Ron. The Harmony Arms. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. 1992.

Krantz, Judith. Lorers. Crown Publishers: New York. 1994.

Krich, Rochelle.  Shadows of Sins.  New York:  William Morrow,

Kronzek, Lynn. Los Angeles : Place of Possibilities. New York : Heritage Media                            

Lambert, Mercedes. Soultown. New York: Viking, 1996. Dressed in a tight red skirt and purple spandex bustier, Lupe Ramos emerges from the LA jailhouse into a moonlit and breezy night, ready to begin the first day of the rest of her life. Whitney Logan, Esq., is parked outside, waiting, hoping to surprise Lupe and give her a ride home. More important, she wants to say how sorry she is for all the trouble she caused a year ago and try to make it up to her now. But, as often happens in this unpredictable city, things don't exactly turn out as planned. The City of Angels is sizzling and the pair is soon back in the hot seat. Whitney sets out to reunite Lupe with her son - but first they have to find him. Lupe's brother, Hector, a marginally famous boxer, has parked the kid with his new girlfriend in the back streets of Korea town. When Whitney and Lupe show up to reclaim him, they find themselves in the middle of an armed robbery. And with another corpse on their hands. Spiraling deep into the dark side of Lost Angeles, the streetwise duo of smart blond attorney Whitney Logan and her sexy chicana sister-in-arms, Lupe Ramos, team up once again and soon the vibrant reds of Korea town turn bloody as the killer faces his toughest, and most deceptively alluring, enemy yet. —From Publisher, Viking.

Latt, Mimi Lavenda. Power of Attorney. Simon and Schuster: New York. 1993.

Lawrence, Cynthia. Take –Out City. Published by Carroll and Graff Publishers Inc: New York. 1993.

Lawrence, Cynthia. Take-Out City. New York: Carroll and Graff Publishers Inc. 1993. From Kirkus Reviews Catherine ``Cat'' Deean, part-owner of an L.A. catering enterprise, returns from vacation to find that a neighbor has been strangled--and that her own apartment has been used as a love nest by the murderer. Then strange men begin phoning her with lewd propositions, and another neighbor, the unfriendly and mother- nagged Angela, disappears. Meanwhile, Cat meets charming Bob Crosswaithe, personal assistant to a movie director, who offers to bartend for her in order to pick up spare cash (but it that all he wants?); then a homicide cop and a P.I. inform her that Bob's a con artist involved with the elusive Angela, who not only killed her boss but absconded with bearer bonds worth $300,000. Moreover, all of Bob's ladyloves are coming to bad ends--a fatal beating, etc.- -and Cat may be next. Bob will steal a valuable painting, and Cat will meet up with the homicidally jealous Angela, before the cops wrap things up at a benefit dinner for the homeless. Angela's demented musing at the close of each chapter are hokey. And the art theft caper more properly belongs to another novel. A sub-par debut. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

Lawrence, James. Wild L.A : A Celebration of the Natural Areas in and Around                        

Leonard, Elmore.  Be Cool.  California:  Books on Tape, 1999.

Leonard, Pitt. Los Angeles A to Z. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.

Loh, Sandra Tsing. Aliens in America. New York: Riverhead Books. 1997.

---. Depth Takes a Holiday: Essays From Lesser Los Angeles. New York: Riverhead Books. 1997.

---. If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home By Now. Penguin, Inc: Boston. 1997. "Bronwyn Peters and Paul Hoffstead are stranded in a dreary tract house with chain-link fencing, so far from the actual city of Los Angeles that they may as well be on Mars. For years they have tried believing that this is just a temporary stop on their inevitable way to Hollywood glamour - that, in fact, their hose is so ugly, so frayed, so...brown that it's almost cool. But just as the Bohemian life is wearing painfully thin, their fortunes change overnight, catapulting them out of the world of practical problems and into the world of ethical ones."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

---. A Year in Van Nuys. British Columbia : Crown, 2001.

Lowell, Elizabeth. Moving Target. New York: Morrow, 2001.

MacMillian, Dianne. Destination: Los Angeles. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications. 1996.

---. Mission of the Los Angeles Area. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications. 1996.

MacDonald, Ross. Archer in Hollywood. Alfred A. Kropf: New York. 1991

---. Sleeping Beauty. New York: Vintage, 2000. In Sleeping Beauty, Lew Archer finds himself the confidant of a wealthy, violent family with a load of trouble on their hands--including an oil spill, a missing girl, a lethal dose of Nembutal, a six-figure ransom, and a stranger afloat, face down, off a private beach. Here is Ross Macdonald's masterful tale of buried memories, the consequences of arrogance, and the anguished relations between parents and their children. Riveting, gritty, tautly written, Sleeping Beauty is crime fiction at its best. If any writer can be said to have inherited the mantle of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, it is Ross Macdonald. Between the late 1940s and his death in 1983, he gave the American crime novel a psychological depth and moral complexity that his predecessor had only hinted at. And in the character of Lew Archer, Macdonald redefined the private eye as a roving conscience who walks the treacherous frontier between criminal guilt and human sin. -- Book Description From the Back Cover, Vintage.

Mailer, Norman. The Deer Park. New York: Vintage International, 1997.

Maio, Samuel. The Burning of Los Angeles: Poems. Missouri: Truman State University Press. 1987.

Mallory, Carole. Flash. Poseidon Press: New York. 1988.

Martin, Patricia Miles. Grandma's Gun. San Carlos CA.: Golden Gate Junior Books, 1968. 

Mathews, Lou. L.A. Breakdown. Malvern Publication Co., 1999.

Mc Call, M. Ruthledge. Slipping into Darkness: My Survival in America’s Most Violent Ghetto . . . A true story. New York: Mc Call Books. 2000. During his time in the “hood”, gang members were sending bullet-riddled corpses to the county morgue at the rate of one every eleven hours. After spending months in a trust grew between gang members. The first white outsider ever allowed complete access to modern, big city, black and Latino gangs.

McClung, William A. Landscapes of Desire: Anglo Mythologies of Los Angeles. Berkley: University of California Press. 2000. An extended argument that popular Anglo mythologies of Los Angeles, from roughly 1850 to 1985, have contributed to the city’s persistent urban dysfunction is supplemented by a generally persuasive analysis of Los Angeles aesthetics, or lack thereof. McClung (English/Mississippi State; The Architecture of Paradise, not reviewed, etc.) locates the city’s failure as an urban and suburban environment in a longstanding and unresolved conflict between its two predominating visions of itself: Arcadia and Utopia. The first implies a found paradise, fertile, hospitable, beautiful to be preserved, the second a tabula Rasa barren, dangerous, ugly to be improved by means of technology. McClung attributes many of Los Angeles defining characteristics (infamous sprawl, architectural ambivalence, common apocalyptic fears) to the city’s misconceived self-perceptions-- Copyright ©2000, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

Meallet, Sandra. Edgewater Angels. New York: Doubleday & Company.2001.

Michaels, Leonard. West of the West. San Francisco: North Point Press, 1989.

Michie, David. Pure Perception. New York: Pondview Books, 1999.

Millard, Kaufman. Plots and Characters: A Screenwriters on Screen Writing. Los Angeles: Really Great Books. 1999.

Miller, Corey D. LA. (poem)

Miller, John. Los Angeles Stories: Great Writers on the City. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. 1999.

Min, Anchee. Katherine. New York: Pondview, 1995.

Montgomery, Lee. Absolute Disaster: Fiction from Los Angeles. Los Angeles: New Star Media Inc. 1996.

Morrell, David. Double Image. New York: Warner Vision, 1999. 

Mosley, Walter. Black Betty: An Easy Rawling’s Mystery. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.

---. Devil In A Blue Dress. New York : Pocket Books, 1997.

----. Fearless Jones. Boston: Little Brown, 2001.When the story begins, the reader is transported to the Los Angeles of the 1950s, a dangerous place and time for a black man. But Paris Minton seems to have beaten the odds. He owns a moderately successful and very satisfying business--a used bookstore. He spends the time he's not in the store scouring libraries for discarded books and selling them in just enough quantity to be independent and happy. Yes, he is visited on a regular basis by members of the LAPD who want him to prove to them that he did not steal the books, but that is a small price to pay for independence. --Book Description, Little Brown.

---. Gone Fishin’: An Easy Rawling’s Novel. London : Black Classic Press, 1996.

---.  A Little Yellow Dog. New York : Simon &Schuster Trade, 1997.

---. A Red Death. New York : Simon & Schuster Trade, 1997.

---. Walkin’ the Dog. Little, Brown, and Company: Boston. 1999. “The introduction of Socrates Fortlow, an ex-convict forced to define his own mortality in a lawless world. In this second book about the philosopher with rock-breaking hands, Socrates confronts wrongs that most people would rather ignore & comes face-to-face with the most dangerous emotion: hope. Nine years after his release from prison, he is still living in a two-room shack in a Watts alley, but he has found a girlfriend, & a steady job, & is even keeping a pet, the two-legged dog he calls Killer. Having responsibilities & people he cares about makes finding the right path even harder - especially when the police make him their first suspect in every crime within six blocks.” (This review appears at

---. White Butterfly. New York: W.M. Norton & Company. 1990. 

Murphet, Julian. Literature and Race in Los Angeles. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Murphet, Julian. Literature and Race in Los Angeles. Cambridge, New York: University Press. 2001.

Naclene, Alispir. Good-bye California. London : Doubleplay and Co., 1978.

Nahai, Gina B. Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith. Orlando : Hardcourt Brace & Com,

Nicholson, Geoff. The Food Chain. The Overload Press: New York. 1992.

Nicosia, Gerald. Ask The Dust. New York : Publication Group West, 1999.

---. Sin and Redemption Italian Style. New York : Publication Group West, 1999.

Normark, Don. Chavez Ravine, 1949: A Los Angeles Story. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. 1999.

Noyola, Robert. City of Losers: Los Angeles Stories. Philadelphia: Xlibris Corporation. 2000.

O’Brien, Darcy. A Way of Life, Like Any Other. New York: New York Review of

Oates, Joyce. Carol. Blonde. New York : Harper Collins College, 2001.

Obst, Lynda Rosen. Hello, He Lied: And Other Truths From The Hollywood Trenches. New York: Broadway Books, 1997.

Ohensen, Carol Clark. Los Angeles Stories: The Voices of Cultural Diversity. Lanham Md: University Press of America, 1999.

Osborne, Denise. Murder Offscreen. Henry Hold and Company, Inc: Canada. 1994. "Meet spirited Queenie Davilov in her first appearance on the mystery scene. A struggling screenwriter who moonlights doing security checks on the Hollywood film community, she's clever and wry, with an indefatigable sense of curiosity. She's a woman with a taste for Jack Daniels and her own hand-rolled cigarettes, who isn't superstitious but keeps a Goddess icon or two around the house, "just in case."" "When Queenie attends the premiere of Lucifer's Shadow, a horror film she worked on as the script supervisor, she breaths a sigh of relief that filming is finally over. A suicide and the accidental deaths of two of the movie's crew plagued its production, setting nerves on edge and Hollywood's gossip columnists agog. Now, as the lights dim and the cinematic horrors unfold onscreen, the specter of death once again intrudes offscreen when producer/director Burke Lymon is spectacularly murdered, in a manner worthy of his own creation." "As Hollywood reels in an atmosphere of terror and suspicion, Queenie is hired to find the demonic killer. Who wanted Lymon dead, anyway - and why? Rumor had it his production company was failing, but was that reason enough for murder? Or did an obsessed and greedy insider plan the crime to make the movie's popularity "go ballistic"? And what about skeletons in the secretive director's murky past? Queenie must use all her wits to save the next intended victim - before he or she falls within Lucifer's shadow."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Ottensen, Carol Clark. L.A. Stories: The Voice of Cultural Diversity. University Press of the Americas, Inc: Lanham. 1999.

Pendleton, Don. Copp in the Dark. New York: Don I. Fire, 1990. 

Peterson, Tracie and James Scott Bell. City of Angels. Minnesota: Bethany House Publishers. 2001. 

Petievich, G. To Die in Beverly Hills. New York: Arbor House, 1983.

Phillips, Susan. Wallbangin’: Graffiti And Gangs In L.A. Chicago: University of             Chicago Press, 1997.

Platt, Irim. The Boy Who Can Make Himself Disappear. Laurel-Leaf books: New York. 1968.

Platt, Kim. Match Point for Murder. New York : Random House Inc. 1975.

Porter, Darwin. Hollywood’s Silent Closet: A Novel. New York: Georgia Literary Association. 2001.

Powers, Tim. Dinner at Devint’s Palace. New York: Subterrean Press, 2001

            Press. 1993. From Kirkus Reviews:  Twenty-six stories (eight previously published in Winners on the Pass Line, 1985--not reviewed) offering a frank, sympathetic view of working-class Chicanos in the Southwest. Many of these vignettes are set in Los Angeles, the author's birthplace--a world of freeways, building sites, and the myriad small miseries of those who eke out an uncertain existence in the construction trades. Workingmen are battered and often unemployed but stoic, like the family man in ``Look on the Bright Side'' who fights his landlady in court when she raises his rent illegally, refusing to be outwitted even in the face of eviction. Or they are resourceful in other ways, as in ``Churchgoers,'' where a construction worker keeps a low profile to avoid the building superintendent, who lets men go at the slightest provocation, until he meets his match in a street-wise killer named Smooth, who dares him to lay him off. Other scenarios include a comic encounter in Arizona between a tight-lipped but dedicated mechanic and a fussing, worried car-owner (``Al, in Phoenix''); a moment of salvation when two troubled strangers meet across a crap-table in Vegas and come away both wiser and richer (``Winners on the Pass Line''); and the title story, in which generations and distant relations of a family living on both sides of the border are bonded together by the magic of a great-grandmother's Hollywood address. Honest and sharply focused in portraying the dreams and realities of Mexican Americans today: Gilb's tales are best when depicting tradesmen at work and at play, but otherwise the magic is fleeting and slight. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Pronzini, Bill. Epitaphs. Dealcorte Press: New York. 1992.

Pynchon, Thomas. The Crying of Lot 49. New York: Perennial Library, 1990.

Randall, Stephan. The Other Side of Mulholland. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2001. “In Stephan Randall’s hilarious novel of manners and more in Los Angeles, twin brothers Perry and Tim Newman fight the ties that bind them to their pasts on the other side of Mulholland while trying to make their mark in the teeming competitive world spread out below the canyons. While Perry swaggers home with a new girlfriend on his arm and a development deal in his pocket, Tim toils in the decidedly temporary offices of a web site, Hollywood Today, and wonders if there will ever be a right moment to spring his sexuality on his parents. But Syd and Ann Newman’s lives haven’t stopped because the boys moved into town. Syd’s life work, Newman’s Super Honda, is under attack and Ann’s passions for therapy, activism and real estate are beginning to take their toll. When Tim has a rare chance to be a here will he take it to the balance of fraternal power shift once and for all?"--BOOK JACKET. All Rights Reserved

Rayner, Richard. Los Angeles Without a Map: A Love Story. New York: Grove/Atlantic, 1988.

Rechy, John. Bodies and Souls. New York: Grove Press, 1997.

---. The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez. New York: Grove Press, 2001. In The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez, Amalia Gomez thinks she sees a large silver cross in the sky. A miraculous sign, perhaps, but one the down-to-earth Amalia does not trust. Through Amalia, we take a vivid and moving tour of the "other Hollywood," populated by working-class Mexican Americans, as John Rechy blends tough realism with religious and cultural fables to take us into the life of a Chicano family in L.A. Epic in scope and vision, The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez is classic Rechy. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Resnick, Rachel. Go West Young F*cked-Up Chick: A Novel of Separation. New York: St. Martin’s Press. 1999.

Rios, Henry. How Town. New York: Pocket Books, 1997.

Roberts, Les. The Lemon Chickensones. St. Martin’s Press: New York. 1994.

Robinson, Deidre. Open Hands, Open Heart: The Story of Biddy Mason. Gardens: Califisly Fox Publishers Company. 1998.

Robinson, Kim Stanley. The Wild Shore. New York: St. Martin's Press,1995.

Roderick, Kevin. The San Fernando Valley: America’s Suburb. Los Angeles: Los Angeles Times, 2001.

Rodriguez, Joseph. East Side Stories: Gang life in East L.A. New York: Power House Books, 1998. Joseph Rodriguez shows the reader vivid description of what growing up in East Los Angeles is really like. "East Side Stories is ultimately a profile of family, whether it is the nuclear family, the gang or the entire Mexican-American population of East Los Angeles. Various gangs are brought together in the book-appropriately, because underneath the rivalries, they are all members of the same community; Rodriguez reminds us this community is also a part of this country."-The New York Times Book Review 

Rodriguez, Luis J. Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in Los Angeles Carmichael, California: Touchstone Books. 1994. There has never been a more clear and compelling account of a gang member's life than Always Running, Luis J. Rodriguez's eloquent, impassioned, frighteningly vivid chronicle of his youth in Los Angeles in the late 60s and early 70s. Growing up in Watts and East L.A., Rodriguez joined his first gang at age 11 and was drawn into "la vida loca" - the crazy life. Gangs were "how we wove something out of the threads of nothing," he remembers. By age 18, he was a veteran of gang warfare, police killings, drug overdoses, and suicides that had claimed 25 of his friends and had driven him and so many others to despair. In part, Rodriguez survived the violence and desperation of his youth by writing down his experiences. They were only woven into this astonishing book years later, when his son, Ramiro, joined a gang in Chicago where they now live. Always Running is packed with episode after episode of high drama, but within this honest and powerful depiction of social devastation, there is a father's impassioned message of understanding and hope to his son, and to thousands like him. Rodriguez's inspiring story should be read by anyone who cares about the future of children in America. —From the Publisher, Simon & Schuster.

Rolfe, Lionel. In Search of Literary L.A. Los Angeles, CA: California Classic Books, 1991.

Rosner, Paul. The Princess and the Goblin. Los Angeles: Sherbourne Press Inc. 1966.

Ruiz, Reynaldo. Hispanic Poetry in Los Angeles, 1850-1900: La Puesla Angelina, Hispanica Literature Series #6. New York: Edwin Press. 2000.

Salzman, Mark. Lying Awake. Blackwell North America Inc: 2000. "In a Carmelite monastery outside present-day Los Angeles, life goes on in a manner virtually unchanged for centuries. Sister John of the Cross has spent years there in the service of God. And there, she alone experiences visions of such dazzling power and insight that she is looked upon as a spiritual master." "But Sister John's visions are accompanied by powerful headaches, and when a doctor reveals that they may be dangerous, she faces a devastating choice. For if her spiritual gifts are symptoms of illness rather than grace, will a "cure" mean the end of her visions and a soul once again dry and searching?"--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Sánchez, Thomas. Zoot-Suit Murders. New York: Vintage Books, 1991

Schad, Jerry. Afoot and Afield in Los Angeles County. Berkeley: Wilderness Press. 1991.

Schulberg, Budd. What Makes Sammy Run? New York: Vintage Books. 1993.

Scott, Steve.  Echo Park.  San Diego:  San Diego Writers', 2000.

See, Carolyn. Dreaming. New York: Random House, 1995 .In this bittersweet and beautifully written memoir Carolyn See embarks on nothing less than a reevaluation of the American Dream. "This is a history," she writes, "of how drugs and drink have worked in our family for the last fifty - actually it turned out to be closer to a hundred - years. In varying degrees, it's history seen through a purple haze. It's full of secrets and chaos and distortions, and secretly remembered joys. I'm beginning to think it may be the unwritten history of America." Although it features a clan in which dysfunction was something of a family tradition, Dreaming is no "victim's story" or temperance tract. With a wry humor and not a trace of self-pity, See writes of fights and breakups and hard times, but also of celebration and optimism in the face of adversity. —From Publisher, Random House.

Sheen, Anita Peebles. Things Unspoken. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. 2001.

Sinclair, Upton. What Didymus Did. London: The Pitman Press. 1954.

Smith , Anna Deavere. Twilight Los Angeles, 1992 : On the Road : A Search for                   American Character. New York: Anchor, 1994. “Twilight is Anna Deavere Smith's stunning new work of 'documentary theater' in which she uses the verbatim words of people who experienced the Los Angeles riots to expose and explore the devastating human impact of that event. From nine months of interviews with more than two hundred people, Smith has chosen the voices that best reflect the diversity and tension of a city in turmoil: a disabled Korean man, a white male Hollywood talent agent, a Panamanian immigrant mother, a teenage black gang member, a macho Mexican-American artist, Rodney King's aunt, beaten truck driver Reginald Denny, former Los Angeles police chief Daryl Gates, and other witnesses, participants, and victims." "A work that goes directly to the heart of the issues of race and class, Twilight ruthlessly probes the language and the lives of its subjects, offering stark insight into the complex and pressing social, economic, and political issues that fueled the flames in the wake of the Rodney King verdict." "Combining Smith's introduction exploring Twilight's evolution from the streets to the stage, the complete play script, and photos of the author in character, Twilight is a captivating work of dramatic literature - and a unique first-person portrait of a pivotal moment in current history."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Snyder, Keith . The Night Men. New York.  Walker and Company. 2002. From Publishers Weekly. Quirky, whimsical and musical, this fourth Jason Keltner mystery (after 2001's Trouble Comes Back) weaves past, present and passages from a fictitious book into more of a magical mystery tour than a mystery. The friendships forged in the fires of youth are often strongest, and those formed by Jason and Roberto and Martin, three California boys, have survived into adulthood. A call from a gay friend whose newly opened Brooklyn music store has been vandalized spurs Jason to action. And the likelihood that it was a hate crime calls to mind the events that caused three very different high schoolers to bond years ago. With an assist from Roberto, who flies in from the west coast, Jason embarks on a bizarre quest to find out who was behind the vandalism and determine the meaning of a strange Web site that uses the name of the music shop. The original adventure that brought the boys together and their current challenge are told in tandem with readings from a pulp novel of great importance to them. The resulting search for the mysterious Inscrutable Whom, the restoration of the Magic Music Shop and the resolution of the vandalism make for a "coming of maturity" tale that complements the coming-of-age story of their first meeting. Snyder's approach to the mystery is highly original, and both his characters and the setting he creates are engaging and effective. This is a title that needs help finding its audience, but it might win cult status when it does. Agent, Curtis Brown. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Snyder, Keith. The Night Men: A Jason Keltner Mystery. New York: Walker & Company. 2002. The Night Men is about three friends in California who fly to New York to help a gay friend whose music shop has just been vandalized. They find a mysterious website with the same name of the music store. The friends go on a quest to find out who vandalized the store.

Spatz, Jonas. Hollywood in Fiction. Mouton and Company, N.V. Publishers: The Netherlands. 1969.

Spiotta, Dana. Lightning Field: A Novel. New York: Scribner. 2001.

Springer, John Paris. Hollywood Fictions: Dream Factory in American Popular Literature. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2000.

---. The Cottage. New York: Delacorte Press. 2002.

Steel, Daniel. The Cottage. Chicago : Delacorte Press, 2002.

Steel, Danielle. The Wedding. New York: Dell Publishing Company Incorporated. 2001.

Stegner, Wallace. Angle of repose. New York: Modern Library, 2000.

---. Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs: Living and Writing in the West. 

Stein, Conrad R. Los Angeles. New York: New York Children’s Press. 2001.

Stewart, George R. Earth Abides. New York: Fawcett Crest, 1983.

Stinson, Jim. Double Exposure. New York: Scribner’s, 1986. Stoney Winston, Harvard grad and would-be Hollywood script-writer, is functioning meanwhile as a general factotum prop-man, ``director,'' anything that pays the rent for the shifty operator of a grubby little studio making sexy soda-pop commercials. Suddenly everything changes: an 18-year-old girl specializing in straight hard-core pron is missing; her stepmother is being blackmailed to pay up or a particularly damning film will be released and she will face certain ruin in business. Can Stoney tough talking, without illusions, endowed with an uncommon gift for finding anything find film and girl? The hunt will lead him through the porn foundries and other moral sewers of movie land, through bloodshed and assorted mayhem. Stinson is clever and witty, and his hero is often too much of a wise guy for his own and the reader’s good, but this is a literate mystery and an entertaining read. --From Publishers Weekly, Copyright 1985 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Sussan, Jacqueline. Valley of the Dolls. Concord: Grove Press, 1997.

Tan, Amy. The Kitchen God’s Wife. New York : Ivy Books, 1992.

Taylor, LaVonee. L.A. My Way: 17 Writers Reflect on Los Angeles. Excellence Enterprises: California. 1990. 17 writers, 15 short stories, and 3 poems. They are all reflection on Los Angeles life. Having themes that are constantly used in literature about Los Angeles.

Taylor, Thom. The Big Deal : Hollywood’s Million Dollar Spec Script Market. New

Tervalon, Jervey. Understand This. New York: Morrow, 1994. Drugs batter a black L.A. neighborhood observed by eight different narrators, ranging from dealers to do-gooders: an often-eloquent first novel. It opens with a young dealer being shot dead by his crack head girlfriend, and ends with his brother being shot dead by the same woman, now pregnant with a crack baby, but what's remarkable about Tervalon's story is its overall restraint: what's important here is not the violence but the voices--the voices of the wannabe gangsters and their molls, relatives and teachers. Foremost among them is Francois, a promising athlete who drops out of high school just before graduation because he has a chance to ``get over'' selling drugs to white folks in Santa Barbara, and has learned nothing from seeing his homeboy Doug gunned down. Tougher, smarter (and better realized) than Francois is his girlfriend Margot, who knows she must get out of the neighborhood fast to survive but experiences culture shock at UCLA's bucolic Santa Cruz campus. The story eventually loses its tautness to become another lesson on the evils of drug addiction; still: a fine portrayal of a lost generation denied the luxury of innocence. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Thorpe, Edward. Chandlertown: The Los Angeles of Philip Marlowe. New York: Saint Martin’s Press. 1984.

Tryon, Thomas. All that Glitters. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1986.

Ulin, David L. Another City. San Francisco: City Lights, 2001. Another City contains thirty-seven stories, essays, and poems written by Los Angeles authors. The authors of these short stories, essays, and poems, write about issues that concerned daily lifestyles. They wrote about what it was like growing up in L.A., about the ocean and desert, the entertainment industry and earthquakes, riots and racism, fires and freaks. --Susan A. Zappia, Paradise Valley Community Coll., Phoenix 

Vangelisti, Paul, and Evan Calbi, eds. L.A. Exiles. New York: Marsilo Publishers, 1999. This book mainly talks about authors who found some kind of inspiration in Los Angeles, the last place many people thought to look. It gives brief information on such authors as Raymond Chandler, Joan Didion, William Faulkner, and Tennessee Williams.

Vogel, Carol G. Shock Waves through Los Angeles: The Northridge Earthquake, 1st Edition. Boston: Little Brown and Company. 1996.

Wagner, Bruce. I’ll Let You Go. New York : Villard Books, 2002.

Wagner, Harold. As I Live It: An Autobiographical History of the YMCA of Los Angeles 1925-1966. Glendale: Arthur H. Clark Company. 1979.

---. I’m Losing You. New York: Plume, 1997.

Waldie, D.J. Real City: Downtown Los Angeles. Santa Monica, Cali: Angel City Press, 2001.

---. Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 1997.

Wallace, David. Lost Hollywood. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2001.

Ward, Elizabeth and Alain Silver. Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles. New York: Overlook Press. 1984. A literary tour of Los Angeles that Raymond Chandler wrote about in his novels. But some of these places don’t exist anymore. It has photos of the city that Chandler describes.

Waugh, Evelyn. The Loved One. Boston: Little Brown, 1977. The prolific Waugh--an English novelist and satirist perhaps best known for Brides head Revisited--described this slim, vicious comedy as "a little nightmare produced by the unaccustomed high living of a brief visit to Hollywood." The setting is the L.A. funeral industry, where Whispering Glades provides deluxe service to deceased stars and their families, and the Happier Hunting Ground does the same for dead pets. (At Whispering Glades, staff must refer to the corpses only as "Loved Ones.") The industry provides a perfect foil for Waugh's deadpan wit--and an apt metaphor for the movie business. —From Reviews.

Wells, Walter. Tycoons and Locusts: A Regional Look at Hollywood in Fiction of the 1930’s. Southern Illinois Press: Carbondale.1973.

West, Dell. Chance to Kill. William Morrow and Company, Inc: New York. 1967.

---. Rain with Violence. William Morrow and Company: New York. 1967.

West, Nathaniel. Day of the Locust. New York: Penguin Group, 1983. Novel by Nathaniel West about the savagery lurking beneath the Hollywood dream. Published in 1939, it is one of the most striking examples of the "Hollywood novel" in American fiction. Tod Hackett, a set designer, becomes involved in the lives of several individuals who have been warped by their proximity to the artificial world of Hollywood. Hackett's completion of his painting "The Burning of Los Angeles" coincides with the explosion of the other characters' unfulfilled dreams in a conflagration of riot and murder. —The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature.

----. Miss Lonely Hearts. New York: New Classics, 1933.

Wilson, Edmund. The Last Tycoon. New York: Charles Scriber's Sons, 1941.

Wolitzer, Hilma. Tunnel of Love. Harper Collins Publishers. 1994.

Wolverton, Terry and Benjamin Weissman. Harbinger: Poetry and Fiction by Los Angeles Writers. Los Angeles: Los Angeles Festival. 1990.

Woods, Stuart. LA Dead. New York: GP Putnam’s Sons, 2001. In L. A. Dead, Stone finds himself caught between two alluring women-one who has been left at the altar and another who is suspected of murder. Stone is in the midst of plans to marry Dolce, the daughter of a New York Mafioso, when he is suddenly called to the side of Arrington Calder, a woman he has loved and lost, but never forgotten. To her horror, Arrington believes she is about to be indicted for the murder of her husband, one of America's most beloved film stars. With both enemies and friends among the Hollywood A-list swarming around her, Stone is the only person she can trust to gather her defense. But how much does Arrington actually remember about the night of the murder? And can Stone really trust her? The evidence against her mounts, the trials date looms, and Stone's feelings for her return. But even he doesn't know what danger the truth will bring. —From the Publishers, GP Putnam’s Sons.

---. L.A. Times. New York: Harper Collins Publishing Inc. 1993.

Yamashita, Karen Tei. Tropic of Orange. Minneapolis: Coffee House Press. 1997.

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Zappa, Moon.  America the Beautiful.  New York: Scribner Paperback, 2001.