The year is 1924. Sam Lacy, a tough-as-nails homicide detective, follows his own code of conduct within the racist and corrupt Los Angeles Police Department. Sam's beautiful ex-girlfriend has been murdered and a sadistic predator is assaulting young Chinese women. Are the crimes connected and can Sam stop the killers before powerful forces stop him? Sometimes, a good detective can't let the law get in his way.
Sam navigates L.A.'s seedy underbelly with help from an unlikely trio: Sam's partner, Lonnie, a handsome detective whose cavalier attitude conceals a troubled past outside of the law; Sam's friend, Edward Bixby, a brilliant man whose crucial forensic work is performed off the books since the LAPD would never hire a Black man for a murder investigation; and Susan, Sam's sister and moral compass, a war widow and mother who pursues leads of her own. The story takes place in the movie capital of the world, a city that attracts wide-eyed innocents and cold-hearted killers; a City of Angels.
FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
Kenneth Bromberg grew up in the beach cities of Southern California with a passion for tennis, American history, and literature. His first novel, American Dreams, is based upon stories told by his grandmother, who emigrated from a small Jewish village near Kiev in the first years of the 20th century.
"This is a deep, layered novel with themes of abuse, racism, drugs, corruption and the fight for justice, no matter if you need to severely blur the lines: our Angels are not afraid to put away their wings for a while to get the job done."
– Books Tea And Me
" [...] of the characters will stay with me for a while I enjoyed reading about them all, wouldn’t mind another instalment with Sam and ‘the gang’.
– Beyond the Books
"There is an awful lot of story packed into these 229 pages, you finish it feeling you have read a much longer novel-I mean this as a compliment. I think this is because it covers so many social issues that were not only prevalent in the 1920’s Hollywood, but which also permeate the 21st Century."
– Rachel Read It
"City of Angels was a great read and I would recommend it to anyone who likes noir mysteries. Just be prepared for some hard-hitting topics which are made all the more sad because many of them still exist of 100 years later. Bromberg is an author to watch and I'm amazed at the talent Flame Tree Press has managed to secure."
– Booker T's Farm
Praise for American Dreams:
"There’s something of The Godfather to this sweeping novel. [...] It’s an involving tale that has the full gamut of experience: love, life, and death. All in all, it’s an intriguing tale well told."