RARA-AVIS: RE: More Angeleno Cop-Writers

From: Duane Spurlock ( duane@emazing.com)
Date: 01 Oct 2001

JIM DOHERTY < jimdohertyjr@yahoo.com> wrote:

<< GERALD PETIEVITCH A US Secret Service Agent who spent most of his career in the LA area. His dad and his brother were both LAPD officers. He's written four books about a Secret Service Agent named Charles Carr, all of them excellent, particularly THE QUALITY OF THE INFORMANT, one stand-alone Secret Service novel, TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A., which he adapted for the movies, and a stand-alone LAPD novel EARTH ANGELS, based on his brother's activities as a juvenile gang specialist. His other novels aren't set in LA.

I first tried Petievitch after seeing William Friedkin's film of TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A., during which WIllem Dafoe's portrayal of Rick Masters really grabbed me.

GP's novels are nowhere as flashy as Friedkin's film. The prose is dry almost beyond the point of hard-boiled -- factual, you might say, similar to reading a report of the action. There's little emotion exhibited by the characters or even described. They're tough, no-nonsense types.

I liked the early novels by him I read -- MONEY MEN, TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A., TO DIE IN BEVERLY HILLS. A later novel -- I can't remember the title, but it had to do with a murder in the White House, I think, and focused on the Secret Service -- didn't quite grab me like the others.
-- Duane

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