Named one of the Best Books of the Year
by Suspense Magazine!
The first Young Adult novel by acclaimed
author Kristi Belcamino.
Available now in hardcover and ebook !
"With a strong female protagonist who won't stop fighting, this page-turner is a delightful and gripping read." ―Kirkus Reviews
"A fast-paced mystery that will keep readers anticipating what the heroine will encounter next...(an) entertaining mystery with a convincing portrayal of the dangers associated with young people trying to survive on their own."
"Belcamino offers detailed characterization, particularly Nikki, who is feisty and determined to make her own way. Readers who enjoy a breathless pace and gritty, noirlike atmosphere will find plenty to like here." ―Booklist
"A punk-rock time machine, rich in detail and authentic atmosphere, CITY OF ANGELS gives us a memorable cast of misfits to lead us through. Like her heroine herself, Belcamino’s writing is gritty, rife with attitude and, at its core, possessed of real courage and genuine heart. You’ll cheer on Nikki Black, and you’ll cheer for Kristi Belcamino, too; this is a talented author at the top of her game."
―Owen Matthews, award-winning author of How to Win at High School
Nikki Black, 17, a self-imposed lone wolf since her mother died, fled suburban Chicago to escape her painful past. But when her so-called boyfriend reveals why he really lured her to Southern California — to star in child porn flicks — she ends up on the streets of L.A. with only the clothes on her back and a twelve-year-old addict named Rain trailing in her shadows. The girls seek refuge at a residential hotel above a punk rock bar in downtown L.A. a few months before the city erupts into chaos during the 1992 riots. At The American Hotel, Nikki makes friends and for the first time in years feels as if she has a real family again.
All that changes when Rain disappears. Everyone except Nikki, including the police, thinks Rain succumbed to the seductive allure of addiction and life on the streets. Nikki finds herself fighting for her own life the closer she gets to unveiling a sinister cover-up by a powerful group that secretly controls the city of angels.City of Angelsis an edgy, gritty, mature Young Adult mystery about a teenager’s struggle to not only belong — but survive.