Nikki Black has been self-imposed lone wolf since her mother died, fleeing suburban Chicago to escape her painful past. But when her so-called boyfriend reveals why he really lured her to Southern California, she ends up on the streets of L.A. with only the clothes on her back and a destitute twelve-year-old named Rain following in her shadows. The girls seek refuge at a residential hotel above a punk rock bar in downtown L.A. a few months before the city erupts into chaos during the 1992 riots. At The American Hotel, Nikki makes friends and, for the first time in years, feels as if she has a real family again.
But everything changes when Rain disappears. Everyone believes Rain succumbed to the seductive allure of addiction and life on the streets. Determined to find Rain, Nikki burrows deeper into the underbelly of a city that hides a darkness beneath the glamour. And when she unveils a sinister cover-up by a powerful group that secretly controls the city of angels, she could lose everthing, including her life. City of Angels is an edgy, gritty, mature Young Adult mystery about a young woman’s struggle to not only belong but survive.
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Kristi Belcamino is a writer, crime reporter, and Italian-American mama who makes a tasty biscotti. She is the author of the Gabriella Giovanni mystery. As a reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area, she flew in an FA-18 jet with the Blue Angels, raced a Dodge Viper at Laguna Seca, and attended barbecues at the morgue. Her first book, Blessed are the Dead, based on her dealings with a serial killer, was nominated for the 2015 Anthony and Macavity awards for best first novel. Her first novel for Young Adults, City of Angels, will be published by Polis Books in Spring 2017.
“Belcamino puts her experience on the crime beat to good use, creating the kind of villain who’ll lurk in your nightmares long after the book ends. Double-check your locks before you crack this one open!”
Owen Laukkanen, award-winning author of The Professionals
"Blessed Are Those Who Weep is a crackling, emotional, and rocket-paced mystery. Kristi Belcamino brings her reporter chops to Gabriella Giovanni, the very best kind of heroine smart, plucky, and true. Keep your eye on this writer."
Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Love You
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Gritty, gutsy, great! Complex characters come to life as Belcamino draws us into lives in turmoil in an equally troubled city. Told with authenticity and heart. I loved it!
The American Hotel in Los Angeles serves as the central hub for a novel that is Kristi Belcamino's first foray in the Young Adult genre. This setting provides an excellent backdrop for a moving and engaging story that young adults and adults alike could easily devour in a single sitting. The characters are a microcosm of our world, diverse in many ways but still brought together to share common existence under uncommon circumstances. The backdrop of the 1992 riot following the Rodney King Trial verdict, sets the scene for an emotionally charged story of the tenacity and perseverance of the main character, 17 year old Nikki. Elements of Ms. Belcamino's experience as a crime reporter can be felt very strongly in the grit and tenacity of Nikki. The 'rough stuff' this character goes through is not overwrought, but believable and emotional in a gutsy, realistic way. The action develops into a fast paced page turner, but not at the expense of great writing. The setting, characters and plot all meld together beautifully in a story that is both thought provoking and well developed from start to finish.