By Stephen Jay Schwartz.
Boulevard introduces us to Hayden Glass, a member of the elite robbery homicide division in the LAPD.
In Boulevard Hayden has to investigate a series of murders which are seemingly unconnected, until he realises that HE is the connection.
We are then drawn into the Los Angeles that we are not so familiar with, the underground world of "cruising," of prostitutes and their pimps, of massage parlours and seedy lap dancing bars.
Boulevard is well written and I was really taken into Hayden's world it felt so realistic that I wondered just how far the author had gone in his research. I almost felt like taking a shower after finishing it I was that drawn that far into the grimy Los Angeles setting.
I started and finished Boulevard in one day and I can pay it no higher compliment than that.
Boulevard Audio CD – Unabridged, 1 September 2009
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- Audio CD : 6 pages
- ISBN-10 : 143326272X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1433262722
- Dimensions : 13.21 x 3.05 x 14.99 cm
- Publisher : Blackstone Audio, Inc.; Unabridged edition (1 September 2009)
- Language: : English
- Customer Reviews:
"[Schwartz] artfully builds tension and suspense into horror and finishes with a stunning Grand Guignol climax. Expect much more from this talented writer." -- Booklist "Booklist"
About the Author
Stephen Jay Schwartz spent a number of years as the director of development for film director Wolfgang Petersen. His career includes numerous feature film writing assignments as well as work for The Discovery Channel.
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A stunning debutReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 August 2010
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This character flaw and inner conflict is such a perfect metaphor on so many levels for the enticements of ...Reviewed in the United States on 19 September 2015
Stephen Jay Schwartz has made a stunning debut with this drag race of a mystery through the noir side of L.A. Among the many achievements of this book is the introduction of a truly original protagonist, a rare feat in a crime novel. Cops are a dime a dozen, but Hayden Glass is the first one I've ever heard of who's battling sex addiction. This character flaw and inner conflict is such a perfect metaphor on so many levels for the enticements of the city and lifestyles this book so insightfully captures, that I'm amazed no one has thought of this before. And Schwartz has taken full advantage of the subconscious underpinnings of Glass's addiction. A terrific read all around.
Hollywood At Its KinkiestReviewed in the United States on 23 October 2015
I'm late to the party, but what a twisted, kinky party it is. Stephen Jay Schwartz pulls back the curtain on the Hollywood sex trade and gives us a glimpse of what it's like to live with a sex addiction. The writing is tight, the action is fast-paced and the story keeps you turning the pages. Can't wait to read the second book.
NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEARTReviewed in the United States on 13 March 2011
The comparisons to my favorite writer, Michael Connally, are not hyperbole. A strong debut but DEFINITELY not for the faint of heart. A protagonist as tightly wound as Harry Bosch and James Ellroy's anti-heros, dark secrets and and the meanest of streets.Be forewarned, BOULEVARD has what may be the most gruesome murder scene in any noir I've read.Can't wait to get started on the follow-up BEAT.
Another Glass, please.Reviewed in the United States on 23 July 2017
A fine follow up of his character, Glass the sex-addicted L.A. homicide cop, whose decisions are still often made by his minor brain.