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[Lincoln] James L. McKee, LINCOLN, THE PRAIRIE CAPITAL: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY.. Windsor Publications, 1988., NEW. PAPERBACK. 8.5x11. Profusely illustrated with prints & photographs. Bibliography, index, 123 pp.

$20.00






Aulier, Dan, THE VERTIGO MURDERS. NEW copy, TRADE PAPERBACK. Simon & Schuster, 304 pages.
~~~ The year is 1957, and the sun-tanned citizenry of Los Angeles is in the grip of a bizarre series of murders. Alfred Hitchcock is developing his latest film when he receives a painting from an old friend and director. Shortly after receiving it, his friend turns up murdered, and the painting becomes a clue to the identity of the criminal who has paralyzed the city. Joining forces with an LAPD detective, Hitch sets out on a trail that takes the pair from the mansions of Beverly Hills to the haunts of forgotten starlets and the docks of Long Beach Harbor, as the mystery grows more and more like a thrilling Hitchcock film itself.

$14.00

Blance, Tony, Anthony T. Hernandez and Brad Schreiber, DEATH IN PARADISE: An Illustrated History of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner. NEW copy, TRADE PAPERBACK. Four Walls Eight Windows, 192 pages.
~~~ Unnatural celebrity deaths and unnaturally celebrated murders pockmark the history of Los Angeles, looming as large in the public imagination as the Hollywood stars themselves. Death in Paradise is the first authorized history of Los Angeles by way of its coroner's office, revisiting important or high-profile cases that remain shrouded in mystery. With many never-before-published photographs documenting the notorious deaths of Bobby Kennedy, Sam Rummel, Dorothy Dandridge, Bugsy Siegel, Sharon Tate, Janis Joplin, and others, this book presents an unflinching view of Tinseltown's dark underbelly.

$18.00

Corwin, Miles, HOMICIDE SPECIAL. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. Henry Holt & Company, 389 pp.
~~~ Los Angeles is a town of dreamers - and of those who prey on them. The scene of innumerable bizarre crimes, it is also home to a unique police unit called Homicide Special, whose mandate is to take on the toughest, most controversial, and highest-profile cases. Now acclaimed writer Miles Corwin uses his unprecedented access to this legendary unit to narrate six of its cases - and capture its newest generation at work.

$26.00

Darden, Christopher, with Dick Lochte, L.A. JUSTICE. NEW copy, Warner Books, hardcover with dust jacket, 434 pages.
~~~ Murder has been committed in Hancock Park, last bastion of old-money Los Angeles. A wealthy woman has been shot dead on the ground floor of a mansion. The only other adult in the house is her inebriated lover, the dissolute younger son of one of the city's top financiers, the eccentric Rudolph Bingham. Also in the house is the woman's son, Adam, a 10-year-old computer game genius, who had been asleep at the time of the killing. Now, Virgil Sykes, homicide detective and Assistant D.A. Nikki Hill's lover, is handed the call. As the case takes on deeper dimension and the forces of big money call in legal experts, Nikki becomes involved in the complex prosecution of the younger Bingham...and explores her maternal side as she begins to bond with young Adam.

$25.95

Loh, Sandra Tsing and Donald Rawley, THE VIEW FROM BABYLON: The Notes of a Hollywood Voyeur. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. Warner Books, 204 pp.
~~~ Take an unforgettable journey through the extremes of Los Angeles, California, where you'll see extravagant galas attended by the rich and famous who scoff at nine-figure deals. Author Donald Rawley also takes readers beneath the city, to hear the echoing cries of infants murdered by drug addicted parents, where husbands kill themselves in hotel rooms and where marriages shatter over bank accounts. The View from Babylon is an honest, disturbing voyage.

$23.00

Moore, Deborah D., TO THE GOLDEN CITIES. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. Free Press.
~~~ Looks at the migration of post-World War II Jews to Miami and Los Angeles and examines the new economic niches they carved out and the cultural institutions they created there.

$22.95

Randall, Stephen, THE OTHER SIDE OF MULHOLLAND. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket, 277 pages. LA Weekly Books, hardcover with dust jacket.
~~~ In Stephen Randall's hilarious novel of manners and mores in modern 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.

$23.95

Sawhney, Deepak Narang, UNMASKING L.A.: Third Worlds and the City. NEW copy, TRADE PAPERBACK, 277 pages. Palgrave MacMillan, 266 pages.
~~~ Since its birth in 1781, Los Angeles has come to define both the material and spiritual force of American civilization. The American dream is realized, experienced, and lost in the City of Angels. Unmasking L.A.: Third Worlds and the City, an interdisciplinary collection of essays, dialogues, and photographs, seeks to reveal the third world geographies, cultures, and populations of Los Angeles. It examines the social, political, cultural, and literary climate of the city, bringing together diverse responses to the complexities facing Los Angeles from respected intellectuals, writers, and artists such as Mike Davis, Deepak Chopra, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. By uncovering the forces that marginalize Los Angeles's ever-shifting populations into internal third worlds, the collection unmasks the raw contradictions, the grim paradoxes, and the understated ironies of the global city.

$26.95

Shah, Diane K., HIGH-HEEL BLUE. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. Simon & Schuster, 318 pp.
~~~ The city of Los Angeles is reeling in the wake of a series of brutal slayings that are clearly the handiwork of one killer who obsessively trademarks his crime scenes, secluded ATM machines, by leaving a pair of handcuffs in the pooling blood of his female victims. Brenden Harlow, one of the few women in the stridently male elite Metro Division of the LAPD, is assigned to decoy duty in the department's increasingly frantic attempts to stop the serial killer. She soon finds herself mired in contradictory clues and senses her higher-ups are withholding the information she needs to do her job. As her relationship with the disturbingly uncommunicative "Operation ATM" command staff becomes strained and her personal life rapidly deteriorates, Brenden finds herself too often at the First Base Saloon in an effort to keep from becoming unglued. When she starts receiving threatening phone calls on her unlisted number from someone who knows too much about her and details of the crimes she is tracking, Brenden knows she will be forced to face the killer alone.

$23.00

Spiotta, Dana, LIGHTNING FIELD. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. Scribner Book Company, 219 pp.
~~~ The Los Angeles Dana Spiotta evokes in her bold and strangely lyrical first novel is a land of Spirit Gyms and Miracle Miles, a great centerless place where chains of reference get lost, or finally don't matter. Mina lives with her screenwriter husband and works at her best friend Lorene's highly successful concept restaurants, which exploit the often unconscious desires and idiosyncrasies of a rich, chic clientele. Almost inadvertently, Mina has acquired two lovers. And then there are the other men in her life: her father, a washed-up Hollywood director living in a yurt and hiding from his debtors, and her disturbed brother, Michael, whose attempts to connect with her force Mina to consider that she might still have a heart - if only she could remember where she had left it. Between her Spiritual Exfoliation and Detoxification therapies and her elaborate devotion to style, Lorene is interested only in charting her own perfection and impending decay. Although supremely confident in a million shallow ways, she, too, starts to fray at the edges. And there is Lisa, a loving mother who cleans houses, scrapes by, and dreams of food terrorists and child abductors, until even the most innocent events seem to hint at dark possibilities.

$23.00

Stansberry, Domenic, MANIFESTO FOR THE DEAD. NEW copy, TRADE PAPERBACK, St Martin's Press, 184 pages.
~~~ Manifesto for the Dead is a fictional memoir of pulp novelist Jim Thompson. It's 1971, and Jim is drinking away the end of his days in the bars of Los Angeles' seamy streets. He's approached by a small-time producer, Billy Miracle, with an offer to work on a script about the murder-for-hire of a film exec's girlfriend. Without options, he begins work on the script but soon finds himself at the center of a lurid triangle involving a dead starlet and a powerful producer. Nightmarish and terrifying, it seems Thompson's life is beginning to imitate his art, as if he's become a character in one of his own stories. Manifesto for the Dead is top-notch noir blended with biography, fiction, suspense, and satire.

$12.95

Wright, Edward, THE SILVER FACE. NEW copy, TRADE PAPERBACK. Orion, 314 pp.
~~~ John Ray Horn has had about as much trouble in life as a man can stand. He was once Sierra Lane, hero to countless youngsters in a series of cheap Westerns. Now, after a spell in prison he lives on the margins of 1940s Los Angeles. In the early evening of an LA autumn, the air has a harsh edge to it - a hint that somewhere in the hills, a slow-moving fire is eating at the dry grass. And there is another source of unease - the news that subpoenas are appearing all over Hollywood, orders to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee. John Ray is approached by Maggie O' Dare, an old friend and former lover. She has a favor to ask: Will Bruder, a brilliantly talented but notoriously difficult screenwriter, has been called to testify before the committee. Bruder is accused of having belonged to the Communist Party - a claim he strongly denies. If John Ray can discover Bruder's secret accuser, they might have a chance to clear his name. But no one is willing to talk. People are scared - perhaps more frightened than they were in the depression, or even the war. Hollywood has become a place driven by fear and suspicion, where a name, whispered in anger or malice, can see an innocent man persecuted. And now there's no mistaking the smell of fire in the air. It is just over the mountains, still unseen, but it's coming this way...

$20.00











Coffey, Tom, MIAMI TWILIGHT. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. Atria Books, 292 pages.
~~~ Illicit thoughts run incessantly through the mind of Garrett Doherty, a Miami-based PR executive who is jeopardizing his marriage, his career, and possibly his life because of his fascination with a mysterious beauty named Magdalena. Their affair and his shady business dealings have connected Doherty to notorious Cuban expatriate and land developer Ernesto Rodriguez, a man whose long associations with U.S. intelligence agencies and the international underworld have placed him in the center of the anti-Castro movement and a far-reaching cocaine empire. Rodriguez wants Doherty to help him promote Tierra Grande, a gated playground for millionaires, and his final shot at a legitimate legacy. As Doherty's obsession with Magdalena consumes more and more of him, he is pulled into the violent dealings and double-crosses that just may be the handiwork of his alluring temptress. Will Doherty follow his fixation to a new life...or to a cold grave?

$23.95











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