Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Top ten books about trouble in Los Angeles

Steph Cha is the author of Your House Will Pay and the Juniper Song crime trilogy. She’s an editor and critic whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. A native of the San Fernando Valley, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two basset hounds.

At the Guardian, Cha tagged ten top books about the troubles of contemporary Los Angeles, including a few titles that helped her craft Your House Will Pay. One title on the list:
Land of Shadows by Rachel Howzell Hall (2014)

The first book in the Lou Norton series, about a black female LAPD homicide detective who grew up in Baldwin Village, a neighbourhood of South Los Angeles also known as “the Jungle”, where her sister disappeared 25 years earlier. When a black teenage girl is found dead in an unfinished condominium, past and present collide in a riveting police procedural that brings together race, class, gender, and gentrification.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue