Only in L.A.

Only in L.A.

Murray Sinclair


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In this sequel to the Edgar Award–nominated Tough Luck L.A., a Hollywood screenwriter searches for his kidnapped son in the dark underbelly of Los Angeles.
Things are mostly looking up for Ben Crandel. The once down-on-his-luck screenwriter now has a steady job as a studio script doctor. But the transition from Big Brother to single father of an adopted teenager has been bumpy. So when his son, Petey, disappears with their basset hound, Stanley, after a confrontation, Ben assumes the kid’s run away again. Then comes the ransom call.
Ben’s frantic search for his kidnapped boy soon has him mired in a morass of body snatchers and murder that involves a corpse dredged from the La Brea Tar Pits, a drunk and deranged Hollywood legend, and a mysterious and sexually voracious femme fatale. With the help of the cop who once charged him with murder, Ben follows a twisted trail of clues all over Los Angeles—from warehouse to funeral home, tanning parlor to bomb shelter—to bring his son home in one piece.
Praise for the Ben Crandel Mysteries
“Sinclair has the unique ability to dish out hard-edged realism with—believe it or not—a touch of humor. Goodbye L.A. is a fine piece.” —Gerald Petievich, author of To Live and Die in L.A.


Murray Sinclair:
Murray Sinclair is best known for his Ben Crandel series, a trio of Los Angeles–based mystery novels set in the criminal underworld of late-1980s Hollywood. The first in the series, Tough Luck L.A., was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original; the third, Goodbye L.A., was among the few new publications from Black Lizard Books, the legendary crime fiction reissue press whose selections are widely regarded as hardboiled canon. A California native, Sinclair lives and works in Los Angeles, where he practices law.