Dateline: Southern California
Gordon Hauptfleisch is a Blogcritics Books Editor, freelance writer, and book reviewer for San Diego Union Tribune Books (R.I.P.). For many years he worked in and managed bookstores and record stores, and most recently was purchasing manager for San Diego Technical Books. He holds Bachelor's degrees in English and History from Cal State Fullerton, and I lives in Southern California. He's also an enigmatic visionary of unfathomable secrets and many a guise, or at least he plays one in his delusions of grandeur.
Capping off NEA’s National Reading Month, The Book Lovers' Companion offers a treasure trove of rewarding reads from classics to bestsellers, plus some obscure gems.
Biting humor marks Hallinan's hardboiled caper of “the crook’s cop” taking a case to keep himself from being framed. Or that's the way it started...
In the heart of holocaustal darkness, “The boundaries are thin between one state of consciousness and another, between life and death, between dream and doom.”
Can a beleaguered Jay Breeze avoid “rock’s most common pitfalls—greed, egomania, and self-delusion”?
Playing fast and loose with some whimsical and witty “fictional biographies,” the inventive Connell’s oft-macabre manner helps propel over 50 flights of culinary fancy.
The Lighthouse Road centers on the sense of kith and kinship within a community, in both its quiet moments and disquieting years.
A warts-and-all study of a figure who is mostly all warts, Mickey Cohen offers a cogent exploration of the "celebrity mobster" and his inextricable links with L.A.
Plundered from a panoply of American-pop-culture and treasured guilty pleasures, Geddes' stories conjure up many ripped-from-your-recollections topics.
The 1992 Rodney King riots plays out from flashpoint to fiery embers as P.I. “Duke” Rogers pursues a case and “Atonement for being a lousy detective."
Set in a drought-ridden Colorado town of the near future, Cobbs’ gracefully-worded craftsmanship bespeaks volumes in a kaleidoscopically apocalyptic novel of multiple plotlines and shifting perspectives.