"GHOSTTOWN is a noir masterpiece. One of the most evocative L.A. crime novels ever written."
                                        -Jonathan Kellerman

Righting a wrong. It's a common thread that runs through all good mysteries. For Whitney Logan it was a creed, what kept her in the game when things got hairy in Dogtown, or when the backstreets of Soultown turned into a deadly maze. For writer Mercedes Lambert, it was a pervasive theme. "The only thing I want to be is a good criminal lawyer" Whitney Logan admits more than once. "Serve the people." This echoes throughout all of the books. And if the dead bodies posed obscenely in abandoned lofts, or collapsed onto apartment floors, or dismembered and left in garbage cans weren't enough—there was the inner struggle to banish feelings of worthlessness, to keep ahead of the voice of a disapproving father that followed her across years and miles, and the seeming impossible desire to connect with someone in a crowded metropolis rife with injustice. Righting a wrong. for Douglas Anne Munson, who wrote as Mercedes Lambert at night while working as a court-appointed attorney in the L.A. courts by day, righting a wrong was an abiding commitment.

Left unpublished at the time of her death, Ghosttown is Mercedes Lambert's third installment of the Whitney Logan series. Written over ten years ago, her publisher refused to publish the work, or release their contractual hold on the characters—denying the author the ability to seek another publisher, and fans of the series the opportunity to follow Whitney and Lupe on another adventure.

Until Now.

Ten years after it was written, four years after the death of Mercedes Lambert—Whitney Logan is back.

With the long overdue publication of Ghosttown, Righting a wrong takes on a whole new meaning.

Still working from a distressed office on Hollywood Boulevard, with ex-prostitute and now legal secretary Lupe Ramos, Whitney is summoned to the LA Criminal Courts Building to defend Tony Red Wolf against one of Division 40’s lesser crimes: drunk and disorderly. But early the next morning, Whitney Logan stands face-to-face with Tony Red Wolf over a trash can that contains the severed head of Shirley Yellowbird on top of a pile of dismembered body parts.

Tony’s only explanation: he had a vision of the murder. Realizing that she may be dealing with a psychopath, but knowing that if Tony is arrested he’ll be assigned a more high-profile attorney, Whitney reluctantly agrees to wait 48 hours before surrendering her client in order to collect evidence that may exonerate him. Whitney may have finally found her chance to be a hotshot criminal attorney. Or be disbarred. Or end up in a trash can like Shirley Yellowbird.

Ghosttown rips through an unseen subculture where Cherokee, Choctaw, Sioux, Cree, and Navajo have migrated to L.A., like everyone else, in pursuit of better lives and grander dreams. As the mystery deepens, so does Whitney’s fascination with Tony Red Wolf, who claims magical powers. From an occult shop in Hollywood, to a Indian bar where even “half-breeds” are unwelcome, to a fabled “ghost hotel” in Los Angeles, where a medicine man is said to hold all the secrets…Whitney and Lupe are drawn into a mystery so dense that even the edges of reality itself become uncertain.

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"I dare say a more unique pair of detectives has yet to be written. The books are lively, meaningful and most of all, they ring true....In a review Carolyn See wrote in the Los Angeles Times; “Who says an entertaining, charming, unpretentious detective story can’t be . . . an authentic agent of social change? Without ever making a big deal of it, the author takes on dozens of issues that define our weird metropolis.” She was writing about Dogtown but the sentiment and appreciation certainly would apply to every book Douglas Anne Munson wrote. See ended her glowing review by saying she hoped to learn more about the characters of Whitney Logan and Lupe Ramos in books to come. She was right in hoping for that. For these characters, one book was not enough. Now we have three and I still feel shorted. After this I will miss Whitney and Lupe and the strange, wonderful people they encounter. I will miss them for a long, long time." –Michael Connelly, Edgar Award winning national bestselling author of Harry Bosch series (from his Appreciation).

"With Ghosttown, Mercedes Lambert has become the female Raymond Chandler, with two of the most fascinating characters in recent memory, Whitney Logan and Lupe Ramos, ex-hooker turned wily sleuth. The two women roam the toughest entrails of modern-day Los Angeles, a dangerous territory of shady dealings, lethal secrets, and murder." –John Rechy, bestselling author of City of Night, Bodies and Souls, The Coming of the Night, The Adventures of Lyle Clemens.

Ghosttown has everything that a great mystery, and a great writer has to offer-- two gritty, sexual, poignant female protagonists; an American Indian sub culture of Los Angeles rarely written about in a contemporary times; murder; and the edgy balance between the spirituality of the old world and the desperate reality of the new. Mercedes Lambert (aka Douglas Munson) writes with a twisted beauty of a city filled with Indian ghosts, Hollywood ghosts, and our own personal ghosts.” –Melodie Johnson Howe, author of The Mother Shadow, Beauty Dies, and Edgar nominee.

"I've been a Mercedes Lambert fangirl for years and am thrilled that Ghosttown, the concluding novel in her Dogtown trilogy, is finally seeing the light of day. Lambert's Los Angeles is a wickedly funny, noir, edgy, grifty, politically incorrect Ellis Island West where Crash meets Day of the Locust with a little David Lynch thrown in. Lambert is a natural writer with a unique ear for LA argot, neighborhoods and characters. Anyone who loves contemporary noir and dark crime fiction should read the Dogtown Trilogy. You owe it to yourself." –Denise Hamilton, national bestselling author of Prisoner of Memory and author of the Eve Diamond series.

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"GHOSTTOWN is a noir masterpiece. One of the most evocative L.A. crime novels ever written."
-Jonathan Kellerman, Edgar Award winning national bestselling author of Alex Delaware series.

"Mercedes Lamberts long-lost masterpiece...Ghosttown is the best book in the series. It shouldn't have been her last...Lambert's research is impressive, but more stunning is her mastery of high drama...few other novels have caught L.A.'s bipolar essence so well." -Los Angeles magazine

“Ghosttown is tough and real and entertaining. The author writes with an energy and honesty that make for a novel you won’t want to stop reading. Unblinking, uncompromising, and full throttle. Begin on page one and hold tight.” –John Lutz has published over 35 novels and approximately 250 short stories and articles. He is a past president of both the Mystery Writers of America and Private Eye Writers of America. Mr. Lutz has received the MWA Edgar Award and the PWA Shamus and Life Achievement awards. His latest suspense novel is Fear the Night.

"Once again, Mercedes Lambert expertly mines a rich cultural vein lying just beneath the gritty, sunbaked surface of streetwise L.A." –John De Cure, author of Reef Dance and Bluebird Rising.

"...a fine addition to the hard-boiled genre....Munson/ Lambert has an exceptional gift for bringing readers into the realities of her characters and their streets." The Denver Post

Dogtown, Soultown, and Ghosttown now in print.