Still Night in L.A.:
A Detective Novel
by Aram Saroyan



Michael Shepard, a detective with his own set of problems, is hired one morning by a fashionable young woman at her Hollywood apartment. Soon he’s embroiled in a murder investigation that may shed light on a nearly forgotten tragedy. A divorced father wondering how to set his son on a better course in life, the detective gets into deepening trouble as he negotiates a vivid panorama of the town’s modern-day beautiful and damned. Author Aram Saroyan harnesses the hardboiled styles of Chandler, Hammett, and Ross MacDonald into a contemporary tale of information age intrigue. The text is supplemented with cell phone photos taken by Saroyan in the same environs in which the story unfolds. Aram Saroyan is an internationally known poet, novelist, biographer, memoirist and playwright. The recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts poetry awards, Saroyan is also the author of the best sellers Trio and Rancho Mirage. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, painter Gailyn Saroyan.

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High Praise for STILL NIGHT IN L.A. and Aram Saroyan

“Aram Saroyan nurses the accelerator in a deceptively laconic way, channeling the faultless ratiocination of Charles Willeford (Miami Blues) and Paul Cain (Seven Slayers). STILL NIGHT IN L.A. keeps still until, at just the right moment, he floors it. —Barry Gifford, author, Wild at Heart

“Readers of California-dream-correction fiction may have their particular favourites — Day of the Locust, The Slide Area, I Should Have Stayed Home, My Face for the World To See, The Long Goodbye. Aram Saroyan’s STILL NIGHT IN L.A. brings long experience and practiced narrative craft to earn his place in this line.” —Tom Clark, author, The Exile of Celine

“STILL NIGHT IN L.A. is a novel where the magic is all in the language, in the evocation of the detective’s incongruously sweet and gentle personality, and in his astoundingly accurate takes on a world where kids have a hard time growing up before they hit middle age, and where the hard thing is not to become a movie star but to get someone to remember your name.” —Gerald Nicosia, author, Home to War: The Untold Story of the Vietnam Veterans’ Movement

“STILL NIGHT IN L.A. moves mysteriously through the late American day and ends up inscrutably in the lost hour of the early morning. In between, crazy humans reign supreme. Aram Saroyan’s prose is as elegant as emeralds and ice.” —G. A. Hausman, author, The Mythology of Horses

“Aram Saroyan’s STILL NIGHT IN L.A. cruises the mean streets and trendy brunch boites of Los Angeles, this city of angels and psychopaths. His shamus Michael Shepard is a Marlowe for our digital times.” —Richard Setlowe, author, The Haunting of Suzanna Blackwell

“Aram Saroyan’s Still Night in L.A. delivers on all platforms . . . Get out that gold statue, Edgar committee! The winner and new champion is . . . ” —Kevin Killian, Spreadeagle

“A writer who looks deeply into himself and his own experience, confronts what he finds there with real courage and reports what he has experienced with a measure of candor that is both breathtaking and, at moments, heartbreaking.”—Jonathan Kirsch, Los Angeles Times

About Aram Saroyan

Aram Saroyan, author of Still Night in L.A.

Aram Saroyan, author of Still Night in L.A.

Award-winning author Aram Saroyan is an internationally known poet, novelist, biographer, memoirist and playwright. His poetry has been widely anthologized and appears in many textbooks. Among the collections of his poetry are Aram Saroyan and Pages (both Random House), and his largest collection, Day and Night: Bolinas Poems, (Black Sparrow Press). Saroyan’s prose books include Genesis Angels: The Saga of Lew Welch and the Beat Generation; Last Rites, a book about the death of his father, the playwright and short story writer William Saroyan; Trio: Portrait of an Intimate Friendship; The Romantic, a novel that was a Los Angeles Times Book Review Critics’ Choice selection; a memoir, Friends in the World: The Education of a Writer; and the true crime Literary Guild selection Rancho Mirage: An American Tragedy of Manners, Madness and Murder. He is featured in the documentary film One Quick Move or I’m Gone: Jack Kerouac at Big Sur and his comments appear in the oral biographies George Being George: George Plimpton’s Life and Salinger. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, painter Gailyn Saroyan.