"The search for the loot will take her deep into Kim’s unhappy past, and even deeper into the fleshpots of modern Koreatown— both sketched out with lightening strokes…fasten your seatbelt for a breathtaking tour of Souttown at its most exhilaratingly lurid." –Kirkus Reviews
Soultown
Dressed in a tight red skirt and purple spandex bustier, Lupe Ramos emerges from the LA jailhouse into a moonlit and breezy night, ready to begin the first day of the rest of her life.

Whitney Logan, Esq., is parked outside, waiting, hoping to surprise Lupe and give her a ride home. More important, she wants to say how sorry she is for all the trouble she caused a year ago and try to make it up to her now. But, as always happens in this unpredictable city, things don’t exactly turn out as planned.

Lupe agrees to the ride, but doesn’t have much patience for Whitney’s apologies. They’ve each gone different directions—and now the only thing they share is the dream of making a fresh start in the hip melting pot that is LA—the town where ordinary people become movie stars, and everyone goes along, eating Thai food and listening to salsa music…right?

Wrong.

The City of Angels is sizzling and the pair is soon back in the hot seat. Whitney sets out to reunite Lupe with her son—but first they have to find him. Lupe’s brother, Hector, a marginally famous boxer, has parked the kid with his new girlfriend in the backstreets of Koreatown. When Whitney and Lupe show up to reclaim him, they find themselves in the middle of an armed robbery. And with another corpse on their hands.

Spiraling deep into the dark side of Lost Angeles, the streetwise duo of smart blond attorney Whitney Logan and her chicana sister-in-arms, Lupe Ramos, team up once again and soon the vibrant reds of Koreatown turn bloody as the killer faces his toughest, and most deceptively alluring, enemy yet.

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Stark House paper edition
2008
Viking hardcover edition
1996
Penguin paperback edition
1997
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Praise

"The search for the loot will take her deep into Kim’s unhappy past, and even deeper into the fleshpots of modern Koreatown—both sketched out with lightening strokes…fasten your seatbelt for a breathtaking tour of Souttown at its most exhilaratingly lurid." –Kirkus Reviews

"Lambert has a sympathetic eye for troubled souls who don’t quite measure up to their own expectations or those of their culture…." –Publishers Weekly

"In-your-face language, humor, and a jaunty heroine should make this a popular choice." –Library Journal

"The sharp and incisive Mercedes Lambert strikes to the heart again with the dazzling Soultown. I hope this writer never runs out of towns to explore." –John Lutz

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