The Last Bookstore is excited to host author Rachel Howzell Hall as she discusses and signs her new novel, Land of Shadows. Hall brings an exciting new voice to Los Angeles crime fiction.
Detective Elouise “Lou” Norton, a member of the L.A.P.D. homicide squad, now investigates crimes on the same streets her older sister disappeared from thirty years ago. When a seventeen-year-old girl is found dead of an apparent suicide at a condominium construction site, hanging in the closet of an unfinished unit, Lou isn’t buying the easy explanation.
For one thing, the condo site is owned by Napoleon Crase, a self-made millionaire—and the man who was the last person seen with Lou’s missing sister, Tori, when she was a teen. As Lou investigates the death of Monique Darson, she uncovers undeniable links between the two cases. But her department is skeptical.
Lou is convinced that when she solves Monique’s case she will finally bring her lost sister home. As she gets closer to the truth, however, she also gets closer to a violent killer. After all this time, can he be brought to justice. . .before Lou becomes his next victim?
Land of Shadows is a riveting tale of suspense that brings a diverse and important voice to the mystery/thriller world. Rachel Howzell Hall has created a memorable heroine in the strong, smart, sexy, and cynical Norton, and she takes the reader deep into the heart of the complex and ever-evolving neighborhoods of L.A.
“A hard-hitting tale of a modern, complex Los Angeles. Well-written and deftly paced…a story that stays with you after the last page is read.”
—Gary Phillips, author of Warlord of Willow Ridge
Rachel Howzell Hall is a writer/assistant development director at City of Hope, a national leader in cancer research and treatment. Her first novel, A Quiet Storm, received a starred review from Library Journal and was a featured selection for Borders’ Original Voices program, as well as an alternate selection for Black Expressions book club. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit her online at:http://www.rachelhowzell.com/ or follow her @RachelHowzell.