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Three Great Summer Book Escapes
A trio of mysteries steps back into ’60s L.A., puts the bite on crime, and unlocks all of a fun park’s thrills
By Robert Crais
Maggie the German shepherd arrives at an LAPD K-9 unit with a whopping case of PTSD after a brush with death in Afghanistan. Her handler, officer Scott James, isn’t doing so well, either. He’s lost some of his health in a brutal attack. As Scott and Maggie hunt for the shooters and restore each other’s wellbeing, the reader comes away with a profound respect for a dog’s sensory powers. > G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 309 pages.
By Walter Mosley
It’s the 1960s, and Easy Rawlins is seeing cracks in the curtain that’s long separated white and black Los Angeles. In his search for a missing son of Mid City, he’s welcomed with open arms by the flower children of the Sunset Strip. He also gets a boost from the potions of a local witch doctor as he recuperates from the crash that almost killed him in 2007’s Blonde Faith. > Doubleday, 304 pages.
By Stephen King
The master of terror pens a classic whodunit with a dash of Hardy Boys. Devin Jones is earning cash for college at an old-style amusement park in North Carolina. Surrounded by lovable characters, he falls for the carny life and stays on through the off-season. It also gives him time to indulge another fascination: Just who was it that murdered the ghostly girl in the Horror House? > Hard Case Crime, 286 pages.
This feature originally appeared in the June 2013 issue of Los Angeles magazine