New Releases: April

Susan Salter Reynolds and Ann Herold review two new books

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Midnight Alley
By Miles Corwin
(Oceanview Publishing, 304 pages, $26)
Mercy! This high-octane thriller captures the whorl of L.A. and leaves the reader wanting more. When two men are found dead in a Venice alleyway, Ash Levine, an ex-Israeli paratrooper turned LAPD Felony Special Squad detective, is on the case. Sho’line Crips, V-13, ancient masks, and Russian mafiosi collide. By novel’s end, one can’t help but glance out at all the sunshine and ask, Could this be the same town? -Susan Salter Reynolds  


Houses of the Sundown Sea
By Lisa Germany
(Abrams, 240 pages, $75)
Architect Harry Gesner created L.A.’s most gravity-defying houses, bolting them to hillsides and perching them atop steep ridges. Born to an artist mother and inventor-adventurer father, he roamed L.A.’s mountains and beaches. A compelling mix of prose and photos documents his passions, including a love of ships. No wonder so many of his houses look as if they’re sailing into the sunset. -Ann Herold 


Children of Manzanar
Edited by Heather C. Lindquist
(Heyday, 160 pages, $18)
Of the 11,070 Japanese incarcerated at Manzanar from 1942 to 1945, some 8,000 were born in the United States and nearly 4,000 were children and young adults. Using never-before-published photos by Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and Toyo Miyatake, Lindquist tells the story of these youths. The captions are straightforward; the images make it clear that the internees found beauty everywhere. -S.S.R. 


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