California Son by Tim Burgess, a Sol Liam Mystery Book Launch at Flintridge Bookstore

Published : Monday, October 1, 2018 | 3:59 PM

On Thursday, October 25, at 7:00 p.m., Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse welcomes back Pasadena author Timothy Burgess for the launch of his second Liam Sol mystery, California Son. The first book in the series, The Never-Ending Swell, was published in 2015.

In California Son, Julio Garza is run down and left for dead by a hit-and-run driver. The police do little to find his killer, claiming they’ve run out of leads. Thus begins Catalina Garza’s vigil-every day, rain or shine, she stands out in front of the La Bolsa Police Department in protest, demanding justice for her son. Two years later, Liam Sol returns home to La Bolsa from the Vietnam War, hoping to leave the ghosts and demons of his past far behind. He lands a job as a reporter for the local paper, where he writes a story detailing Catalina’s saga. Two days after the article’s published, she’s found dead in her home. A victim, the police say, of a burglary gone wrong. Liam doesn’t buy it. He believes the killings are connected. As he digs deeper, he discovers that everyone he suspects has something to hide-and each one has a motive for murder. As the body count climbs, Liam realizes that time is running out, and he must stop the killer before they kill again.

In the stunning sequel to The Never-Ending Swell, California Son takes you deeper into the dark heart of the Southern California dream, where paradise is only an illusion, the bright sunshine blinds you from the truth, and the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean will never be able to wash away the sins of the past.

Timothy Burgess’ short stories have appeared in and Tim lives in Pasadena with his wife, Karen, and is a graduate of Cal Poly, Pomona.

For more information, contact Gail Mishkin at (818) 790-0717. Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, at the intersection of Foothill Blvd. and the Angeles Crest Hwy. Take the Angeles Crest exit off the 210, turn south, make a right onto Foothill Blvd., and turn left onto Chevy Chase. Parking is in the rear of the store.






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