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True crime in the city of angels in “L.A. ‘56”

by Patt Morrison

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Thomas Dunne Books, 2012.

Elroy, Chandler, Mosley – we love our L.A. noir, and we love it even more when it smacks of reality.

Journalist Joel Engel’s newest true crime tale, “L.A. ’56,” tells the story of Todd Roark, an African American L.A.P.D. officer jailed in 1956 for rapes he did not commit, and Danny Galindo, one of the first Mexican detectives in the Los Angeles Police Department.

Only through Galindo’s persistence was Roark finally exonerated, though the mainstream press failed to report on the investigation. Galindo shared the entire story for the first time with Engel, and if you haven’t already read the book (or even if you have), tune in to hear Engel share it with Patt.


Joel Engel, author of "LA ’56: A Devil in the City of Angels"; he’s written for New York Times and Los Angeles Times

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