On the Closure of LA's The Mystery Bookstore

I can’t think of another place that is as much a part of my LA experience as The Mystery Bookstore. When I first moved down here in 1997 as a 24-year old, I went to my first book signing at the old location (Bill Eidson and Sparkle Hayter at dueling podiums). The next year, I […]

LOVE SANDY: First Edition Michael Connelly and Holiday Irritation

This from an article I wrote last year – thought I’d repub it here in the tradition of holiday un-cheer. – Aside from the occasional Red Sox game which my father, transplanted from Boston to the Bay Area, allowed to grace our television, my sister and I weren’t allowed to watch “the Plug-In Drug” growing […]

A Drive Through the City: Writing About LA

The prospect of writing a crime novel based in Los Angeles was so daunting that I had to live here three years before trying. If I was going to take on a city already explored by Chandler and Ellroy, Crais and Connelly, I wanted to make sure that I knew it. That I had some […]