October 11, 2013 |
It's tough to be a writer of crime fiction. Not because of the genre but because of the expectations: A book a year, preferably part of a series, the same character over and over again. This is why, say, Walter Mosley and Michael Connelly have branched out; Mosley set aside his hero, Easy Rawlins, for six years before bringing him back in 2013. The same is true of George Pelecanos, the Washington-based author of the "D.C. Quartet" and a dozen other novels who has written about a variety of detectives as well as for television ("The Wire," "Treme")
October 22, 2000
The homeless problem is so immense that most folks choose to look away ("Specters on the Street," by Walter Mosley and Genaro Molina, Sept. 17). We cannot help everyone, but we can help many families and individuals in this predicament. Our shelter is always filled with families who are homeless through no fault of their own. There always will be those who choose to live on the streets, but if we as a society don't give an unconditional "hand up" to those in need, we cease to be civilized.
April 24, 2013 |
Edgar Award-winning author Naomi Hirahara published her first Mas Arai mystery in 2004; the series starring the Japanese American gardener and crime solver is now on its fifth novel, "Strawberry Yellow. " She visited our video booth at the L.A. Times Festival of Books to talk with staff writer Carolyn Kellogg about the character and its connection to her heritage. Japanese gardeners were iconic in Southern California in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s, Hirahara explains. But detectives -- not so much.
January 13, 2008
Tod Goldberg reviews "Beautiful Children," a novel by Charles Bock, and "The Delivery Man," a novel by Joe McGinniss Jr. Joe Conason reviews "The Bush Tragedy" by Jacob Weisberg. Tim Rutten reviews "The Expeditions," a novel by Karl Iagnemma. The following reviews are scheduled: Fred Schruers reviews "My First Movie, Take Two: Ten Celebrated Directors Talk About Their First Film" edited by Stephen Lowenstein. Laurel Maury reviews "Democracy and Torture" by Darius Rejali.
January 21, 2010 |
There was a reason Phil Jackson could be seen balancing a large stack of books earlier this week at a Los Angeles bookstore. The Lakers coach bought books for each of his players and distributed them before their eight-game trip, part of an annual ritual before a Jackson-coached team begins a long winter trip. Kobe Bryant , who rolls his eyes whenever Jackson gives him a book, probably won't be perusing what Jackson handed him: "Montana 1948," a Larry Watson novel about a middle-class Montana family torn apart by a scandal in the late 1940s.
March 14, 2003 |
Walter Mosley is best known for his Easy Rawlins mysteries, a series of novels that have, among other things, chronicled the course of race relations in America in the mid-20th century. Yet Mosley has also written science fiction and nonfiction, including "Workin' on the Chain Gang" (2000), a scathing critique that contended that American corporations, like slavery, keep workers shackled in a system that enriches the few and impoverishes the souls and minds of the many.
September 29, 1995 |
Hard-boiled fiction is a been-around genre about done-that individuals, so the pleasant air of newness and excitement that "Devil in a Blue Dress" gives off isn't due to its familiar find-the-girl plot. Rather it's the film's glowing visual qualities, a striking performance by Denzel Washington and the elegant control Carl Franklin has over it all that create the most exotic crime entertainment of the season.