For the month of September we will be crisscrossing the nation, visiting Los Angeles, New Orleans, Chicago, and Seattle talking about the uniqueness of Crime Fiction from each of these places, and learning about the fictional detectives who work those streets.
The City of Angels and its environs has long been synonymous with the glamour and excitement of the film industry, and with it remarkable rags to riches tales. The appeal isn’t just fame: the weather, the beach, the money, and unique opportunities to leave the past behind at the edge of the Pacific Ocean attract people from all over the world longing for their chance at new lives.
The ambitious and the dreamers flock to Southern California and mingle with locals to form a community truly like no other. And perhaps it is this unique blend of transplants and natives, the mix of dirty streets and beautiful beaches, or the high percentage of captivatingly famous people that grabs us, but LA Crime Fiction has an appeal all its own.
Here are our editor’s picks of captivating crime solvers from Southern California:
Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone: from A IS FOR ALIBI to the simply titled X, Grafton is winding down her PI series based in the fictional SoCal beach town of Santa Teresa. An ex-cop, Kinsey has tacked everything from petty crimes to serial killers. We love how tough, quick-witted, charming, and ambitious she is. Start this series now, there are only 2 letters left!
Robert Ellis’ Detective Matt Jones: On his first night working Homicide in LA, Matt Jones is called to investigate a particularly violent murder case: a man has been gunned down in a parking lot off Hollywood Boulevard, as he investigates he uncovers deep-seated corruption and a cover up with far reaching consequences.
Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch: LA cop, maverick, jazz lover: Detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch has captivated readers from his first appearance in THE BLACK ECHO. Patrolling the streets of the City of Angels, hunting down killers, and seeking justice for all victims, Bosch’s adventures shine a light on the dark corners of Hollywood and beyond. The twentieth Harry Bosch novel, THE CROSSING, will publish this fall.
James Ellroy’s Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard: Boxers turned Warrants Squad cops in post-World War II LA, “Mr. Fire and Mr. Ice” are caught up in one of the biggest manhunts of the century in Ellroy’s masterpiece THE BLACK DAHLIA, the first book in his classic LA Quartet. Obsessed with finding the murderer of the beautiful young woman known as the Black Dahlia, Bleichert and Blanchard’s search takes them to some very dark places.