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Paradise Palms: Red Menace Mob by [Paul Haddad]

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"Author Haddad is a skillful storyteller who weaves an intricate tale. His characters vividly come to life on the page as he provides illuminating insights into their histories while simultaneously dramatizing their hijinks. His evocation of the post-war era in The City of Angels rings with authenticity. While a degree of sleaziness is part and parcel of his narrative, there resides an unobtrusive optimism in the way he tells his tale. Humor and irony are never far from one chapter to the next. Even with all the inherent chaos, one just might find oneself longing for a short stay at Paradise Palms." - Joe Kilgore, US Review of Books

"Quirky brothers battle a mobster over the future of their family's hotel in 1950s Los Angeles in Haddad's novel... The writing is vividly descriptive, snarky, and funny, but it doesn't shy away from engaging with serious issues, such as homophobia, racism, and police corruption. Haddad's background as an Emmy-nominated TV writer and producer is obvious, as is his deep affection for the city of Los Angeles and its history." 
- Kirkus Reviews  

"A finely-detailed story that recalls the period aesthetics of 
MadMen and mixes it up with a noirish vibe. The read goes down smooth as champagne and leaves the readerwanting more."

Paradise Palms is an engaging, gripping tale of a time when Hollywood, and the world, were rapidly changing. I almost think Paul Haddad has a time machine hidden away somewhere, but no matter, you can travel back in time through these delightful pages... I really, really, really enjoyed this book." - Jake Gerhardt, Author, "My Future Ex-Girlfriend"

"The story hums, the historic setting shines, and the colorful cast of characters keeps the pages turning." 
- S.W. Lauden, Author, Greg Salem punk rock PI series

"The Coen Bros. meet James Ellroy." 
- Donald H. Hewitt, Screenwriter, Oscar-winning "Spirited Away"

About the Author

Paul Haddad is a Los Angeles Times Bestselling Author and multiple-Emmy nominated television writer/producer. Paradise Palms: Red Menace Mob, his third novel, was inspired by dark family secrets that coincided with his obsession with old Hollywood. Also the author of several nonfiction books about L.A., he can found at and on Twitter: @la_dorkout. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0933CD2X1
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Black Rose Writing (July 8, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 8, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1155 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 299 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 17 ratings

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Paul Haddad is a Los Angeles Times Best-Selling Author who writes nonfiction and fiction, often set in his native Los Angeles. His most recent book is "Freewaytopia: How Freeways Shaped Los Angeles," which charts the rise of freeways and their influence on the communities and landscape of L.A. Other books include the perennially popular "10,000 Steps a Day in L.A.: 57 Walking Adventures," the second edition of the original book, which covers 52 Walking Adventures. Both take readers to hidden and iconic SoCal landmarks; "Paradise Palms: Red Menace Mob," a crime noir novel in which a family tries to stave off the mob from commandeering their hotel in 1950s Hollywood; "Aramid," which follows the travails of a humanistic girl robot corrupted by the high school students who created her; "Skinny White Freak," an illustrated YA novel set in 1970s Malibu about confronting a camp bully; and "High Fives, Pennant Drives, and Fernandomania: A Fan's History of the Los Angeles Dodgers' Glory Years, 1977-1981," a look back at the team's championship core through the radio calls of announcer Vin Scully. Haddad earned an MFA degree from USC film school, where he won a Student Emmy for his documentary work. He works in television as a writer, director, and executive producer.

Twitter: @la_dorkout

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