To Live and Die in L.A. (novel)

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To Live and Die in L.A.
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First edition
Author Gerald Petievich
Country United States
Language English
Genre Crime fiction
Publisher Arbor House
Publication date
January 1, 1984
Media typePrint (Mass)
Pages278
ISBN 9781466219649
Followed by The Quality of the Informant  

To Live and Die in L.A. is an American crime novel written by former Secret Service Agent Gerald Petievich. [1] It was published by Arbor House in 1984, and subsequently made into a movie the following year. [2]

Critical reception

The New York Times wrote that the book's "characters and plot are straight out of an amiable, time-killing made-for-TV movie ... The bottom line here is that in Lotusland the good guys and the bad guys get all mixed up in the scum, and this world view makes Gerald Petievich's final resolution decidedly ambivalent." [3] The Pittsburgh Press wrote that the book "finally should establish Petievich as a new cult figure for fans of police thrillers." [1] The Akron Beacon Journal called the book a "suspenseful southern-California adventure," writing that it was perhaps Petievich's best. [4]

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References

  1. 1 2 "Counterfeiting made into real thriller". The Pittsburgh Press: 20. April 23, 1984.
  2. Canby, Vincent. "FILM VIEW; HOW 'LIVE AND DIE' HOOKS ITS VIEWERS". nytimes.com. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  3. "IN SHORT (Published 1984)". April 29, 1984 via NYTimes.com.
  4. "The Book Page". The Akron Beacon Journal: 31. May 6, 1984.