Rap Sheet reader Mike Beiriger e-mailed me recently, asking for suggestions of Los Angeles-based crime and pulp novels published between 1967 and 1969, and set amidst “the music scene, Sunset Strip, hippies, etc. The important thing,” he concluded, “is that it be written during the times.”
A few favorite books I think would fall within his parameters are:
• Traps Need Fresh Bait (1967), by Erle Stanley Gardner
• The Instant Enemy (1968), by Ross Macdonald
• The Love-Death Thing (1969), by Thomas B. Dewey
• The Cheim Manuscript (1969), by Richard S. Prather
In addition, Cinnamon Kiss, by Walter Mosley, is set in L.A. during the late ’60s, though it wasn’t published until 2005.
But let’s throw this matter open to The Rap Sheet’s full readership. Can anyone suggest to Mr. Beiriger additional titles that would fit his needs? Leave your recommendations in the Comments section of this post.