Welcome to, where you can explore the rich literary tradition of fictional crime in Los Angeles, noir capital of the world, in space and time.

Books by Era
Read full plot summaries of hundreds of Los Angeles crime fiction novels organized by the “time of the action.” Navigate forward or backward in time or back to an index.

Detective Profiles
Compare LA’s detectives in series, organized in a standardized classification.

Title Index
Look for a book you know and navigate to a full record.

Author Index
Find a favorite and explore their books by title.

Copyright Index
Who were publishing at the same time? See how the series intertwine.

Character Index
Did you know Harry Bosch has appeared in some other novelists’ work? Find out here.

Place Name Index
See the role place names have in stories over time.

Topic Index
Some useful categories to help you explore.

Era Index
A shortcut to starting at a year you know. Try 1965 or 1992, the years of the riots.