by Jane Woods (Goodreads Author)
A true original, capable of brilliant verbal contortions, Maggie Prentice won’t give up. Haunted by her past, chafing under the tutelage of her born-again, cult-figure brother, coping with the double devils of alcoholism and disconnectedness, she is pursued by the Tanteek, an armchair prankster out of a Dylan song that incarnates her questions, uncertainties, and fears, and dogs her every move. In her wild, over-the-top, yet eerily familiar universe, Maggie is forced to confront life’s big questions – faith, fear, love and death — does life have meaning?
In this daring, intelligent, whip-smart debut novel, Jane Woods has created unforgettable characters that live in what might be an alternate reality. She has also written a captivating, deeply affective story that grabs the reader and won’t let go. [close]
by Lynn Emery (Goodreads Author)
In Only By Moonlight what starts out as a simple case of wild teenagers dabbling in the occult turns out to be just one layer to a far darker and deeper plot. A formidable cult is determined to unleash a malevolent force on the world. To her horror, Chase seems possessed by the threat LaShaun is fighting to defeat. Will she have to kill Chase to save him? LaShaun wages a war she can’t afford to lose.
by Kim Cooper (Goodreads Author)
Los Angeles, 1929: a glittering metropolis on the crest of an epic crash. A mysterious prophetess and her alluring daugh…more
Los Angeles, 1929: a glittering metropolis on the crest of an epic crash. A mysterious prophetess and her alluring daughter have relieved an oil tycoon's nephew of his fortune. But the kid won't talk. To find the money, the old man calls on a trusted executive, Raymond Chandler, who in turn enlists the aid of his devoted secretary/mistress, Muriel Fischer, and their idealistic patrolman friend Tom James.
Soon the nephew is revealed as a high-ranking member of a murderous cult of angel worshippers, and the trio plunges into an investigation that sends them careening across Southern California, from sinister sanitariums to roadside burger stands, decaying Bunker Hill mansions to sparkling cocktail parties, taxi dance halls to the morgue, all in search of the secretive Great Eleven. But when Muriel goes undercover to infiltrate the group's rural lair, she comes face to face with disturbing truths that threaten to spoil everything, not just for the cult's members, but for herself as well.
A work of fiction inspired by actual events and featuring the real-life cop who is a likely model for the mature Chandler's greatest creation, private eye Philip Marlowe, Kim Cooper's "The Kept Girl" exposes a mystery so horrifying, it could only be true.
Advance praise for "The Kept Girl"
"A deeply researched and compulsively readable crime novel." - Denise Hamilton, author of "Damage Control" and editor of the Edgar Award-winning anthology "Los Angeles Noir"
"Kim Cooper is the perfect Virgil to 1929 Los Angeles… Her knowledge of the city that was is unparalleled, her imagination unnerving. Aficionados of noir Los Angeles will read 'The Kept Girl' with fascination and with growing horror." - John Buntin, author of "L.A. Noir"
"A delightful addition to this city's literature. The effortlessness with which it borrows against the Chandler tradition while… retaining its unique intelligence and slyly contemporary flavor is just plain stunning." - Matthew Specktor, author of "American Dream Machine"
"Holy cats, this woman can write!" - David Kipen, editor of "The WPA Guide to Los Angeles" [close]
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