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Richard Lange's 'The Smack' is refreshingly realistic L.A. Noir

When we meet Rowan Petty, the protagonist of Richard Lange’s new novel, “The Smack,” he’s alone in a second-rate Reno hotel room on Thanksgiving Day, making phone calls to a list of hopeful investors in a fictitious mother lode of Peruvian ore. Petty is an experienced con man — he’s been on his own since he was 15, jumping from scheme to scheme — but he’s had a rough run of it.

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Michael Connelly starts a new thread with 'The Late Show'

At the L.A. Times Festival of Books in April, Michael Connelly said of his iconic LAPD homicide detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch, “I didn't freeze Harry in time, because it's better storytelling not to. As long as he can keep his health and his knees are good, he can close cases.” Nonetheless, at 67, Bosch presents readers of the redoubtable series with a different kind of ticking clock.

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Debut novelist Zinzi Clemmons is frank and experimental in 'What We Lose'

The day before her first book tour, Zinzi Clemmons almost locked herself out.

It was, I admit, partially my fault: she left the building to meet me and the door shut behind her. Her husband, the poet and translator André Naffis-Sahely, was in London touring his own first collection, so she buzzed a guard to let her back into the complex in Culver City, shaded by sycamores, eucalyptus and pines.

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Clancy Sigal, novelist who wrote 'Going Away' after being blacklisted in Hollywood, dies at 90

When he was blacklisted in Hollywood, Clancy Sigal got in his car, pulled out of L.A. and drove toward New York in a soul-searching journey across the back roads of America.

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Take a look at the best book for Shark Week: 'Shark' by Brian Skerry
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