Overview

Novelized history of lawless L.A. gangs of 1853 and the Rangers who battled them. Rebel Mexican leader with twice the troops as the LAPD decides to overthrow California's Government. Problem. He underestimates ONE police volunteer. In Horace Bell's viewpoint, L.A. beckoned with love and police work. Also, he could study for the Bar. Violence brought his rapid retribution. For Paulette Bovierre, with a lost love in France, Horace Bell had a promising future. She was pure strength in adversity. In Don Tomas ...
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1853 Los Angeles Gangs

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Overview

Novelized history of lawless L.A. gangs of 1853 and the Rangers who battled them. Rebel Mexican leader with twice the troops as the LAPD decides to overthrow California's Government. Problem. He underestimates ONE police volunteer. In Horace Bell's viewpoint, L.A. beckoned with love and police work. Also, he could study for the Bar. Violence brought his rapid retribution. For Paulette Bovierre, with a lost love in France, Horace Bell had a promising future. She was pure strength in adversity. In Don Tomas Sanchez's viewpoint, L.A. offered political power as he fought to keep the status quo. The Americans had already grabbed too many Mexican ranches. For Dona Jacinto Talamantes, her love at first sight starts a triangle between Horace and Paulette. Love lived forever. In Roy Bean's heart, L.A. was a place to have fun "whorin'" and to be a ranger. Yes, sin permeated everywhere. Humor existed for their survival. For Juan Flores' viewpoint, first he must kill the Chinese, then all the Americans. His gang would revolt against the new order. Now all must face the largest struggle ever seen in Los Angeles. Character counted when one ranger challenged 100 miscreants. [Cover art Dirk A. Wolf]
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1853 Los Angeles Gangs by Steven W. Knight is an impressively written, historical novel of the lawless gangs of Los Angeles, and the determined Rangers who stood against them. The superbly drawn story of a turbulent yesteryear city is populated with such memorable characters as Juan Flores who intends for his gant to dominant a rapidly expanding and ethnically diverse city by first killing off the Chinese, and then the Americans; Don Thomas Sanchez struggling to preserve political power...
Leroy D. Baca
Your novel details memorable pieces of history, and I have truly enjoyed reading it.
Max Hurlbut
Every very bit as exciting as I anticipated. A good read, well written and fast moving. You told it with humor and enthusiasm. Little-known but authentic L.A. history in novel format. You've captured the heart of early L.A. You've struck a font of neglected Western history. Tombstone had its O.K. Corral shootout and San Francisco its vigilantes. But L.A. was a more violent and interesting place which may now, because of your book, get the attention of historians.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000067406
  • Publisher: Hard Shell Word Factory
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 556 KB

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