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tales of the hotel st crispian by Dan Leo and rhoda penmarq

The mysterious doings in the Hotel St Crispian. Crime, lust, gossip, fear, tedium and mystery. Lots of cocktails and cigarettes. With colored pictures. . . .

A complete novel.  Recommended by Kathleen Maher.
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DEAD DROP

Down and out in Santa Monica

By Fiona Gregory, editor

May 18, 2009: This is a story in its early stages as of this review (May 2009), but one I really like so far.

A street-smart young man, Trey, is on the run, for reasons we’ve not been told yet. He’s sleeping rough in a city park, when he notices a mysterious package hidden in the leaves, and figures he can blackmail whoever comes to pick it up. But so far the plan isn’t going too well, and it looks like his past is [more . . .]

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SURF CITY ACID DROP

Come For the Wonderfully Bizarre Title; Stay for Like A Hundred Descriptions of Beer-Drinking

By Billy Higgins Peery, author of A Bad Idea

Sep 4, 2015: Surf City Acid Drop leans on the breezy coastal atmosphere and standard crime tropes pretty hard, but honestly? That’s half the fun.

This is a tale of coastal crime, pure and simple. Terlson keeps everything light because it’s supposed to be light. There’s a flurry of details which allow you to really see Mexico the way that Luke is seeing it. The emphasis isn’t on the action—though there are some fun fight scenes—nor is it on the characters, who are a [more . . .]

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