RARA-AVIS: RE: Hard-Boiled Gazetteer to Southern California

From: Dick Lochte ( dlochte@adelphia.net)
Date: 01 Jun 2004

  By and large, this seems like a very idiosyncratic take on Southern California hardboiled series. To overlook the subject of what is or is not hardboiled, some on the list are not series at all. To my knowledge, there are no "Eddie Jelko books" by Steven Bochco, just the single title, "Death By Hollywood." If the two Chili Palmer books by Elmore Leonard constitute a series, then where are the two Terry McCaleb books by Mike Connelly? Several novels in the John Shannon's Jack Liffey series are set in South Central, but some are not (notably "The Orange Curtain.") And, assuming we're talking about series still active in the last decade or so (explaining the absent Ross Macdonald and Ross Thomas, to name but two) what about the series by Terence Flaherty, Paul Bishop, Robert Eversz, Arthur Lyons, Gerald Petievich, Roger L. Simon, Michael Nava, Lynda La Plante, Teri White and Jan Burke?

Dick Lochte

Santa Barbara
  Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone series

Downtown Los Angeles
  Joseph Wambaugh's cop novels
  James Ellroy's LA Quartet

  Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware series
  John Morgan Wilson's Benjamin Justice series
  Paula L. Woods's Charlotte Justice series
  Elmore Leonard's two books with Chili Palmer (inc. GET SHORTY)
  Steven Bochco's Eddie Jelko books
  Domininc Stansberry, MANIFESTO FOR THE DEAD (2000), which is a
    "fictionalized treatment of the last days of noir master Jim
  Robert Ferrigno's Jimmy Gage series
  Edward Wright's John Ray Horn series
  Terrill Lee Lankford, "a Mark Hayes novel," i.e. EARTHQUAKE
    WEATHER (2004) which is the only such thing
  Stuart Kaminsky's Toby Peters series
  Robert B. Campbell's Whistler series

Laurel Canyon and the Hollywood Hills
  Robert Crais's Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series
  Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series

South Central LA
  Gar Anthony Haywood's Aaron Gunner series
  Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins series
  Gary Phillips's Ivan Monk series
  John Shannon's Jack Liffey series

West Valley
  Faye Kellerman's Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series

Santa Monica
  April Smith's Ana Grey series
  Barbara Seranella's Munch Mancini series
  Elzabeth M. Cosin's Zen Moses series

Orange County
  T. Jefferson Parker's Merci Rayborn series

Palm Springs
  Michael Craft's Claire Gray series

San Diego
  Steve Martini's Paul Madriani series
  Jack Trolley's Tommy Donahoo series

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