‘Hitler in Los Angeles’ is the Wake-Up Call America Needs Now [REVIEW]

Nazis in Los Angeles celebrate Hitler's birthday

The Nazi-based Friends of the New Germany hold a party in Los Angeles to mark Adolph Hitler’s birthday in 1935. (Photo courtesy Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, Community Relations Committee Collection, Part 2, Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.)

Radicalized hate groups. Political conspiracies. Undercover spies. The Hollywood elite. These may sound like elements taken from today’s news headlines, but in fact they are aspects of a little-known story that unfolded more than 80 years ago in the the City of Angels. Now historian Steven J. Ross reveals this compelling tale in his Pulitzer-Prize nominated book, Hitler in Los Angeles.  Read more of this post

A Centenarian Makes the Perfect Victim in Jonathan Kellerman’s ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ [REVIEW]

Los Angeles cityscape

No one reveals Los Angeles’ darkest secrets with more style and suspense than Jonathan Kellerman. (Photo by Giuseppe Milo, Flickr)

An old lady. A child psychologist. A mysterious death. The hotel that brings them together. No, this isn’t a sequel to Bad Times at the El Royale. Instead, this is the 32nd installment of Jonathan Kellerman’s long-running Alex Delaware series, Heartbreak Hotel, and it may be the most peculiar case in his career.  Read more of this post

Scott Frank’s ‘Shaker’ Is A Study In Good And Evil [REVIEW]

Shaker Cast

Everyone’s life hangs in the balance In Scott Frank’s SHAKER. (Photos by Joel Bedford/David Robert Bliwas/Joe Szilagyi/Eva Rinaldi, Flickr)

Scott Frank’s debut novel, Shaker, delivers an insightful, unflinching look at violence in America and its effects on our youth.  Read more of this post