Kenneth Bromberg has an MBA from UCLA and worked as a certified public accountant. During retirement, he started his writing career in earnest, utilizing the knowledge gained from his life experiences, a passion for history, and an ear for narrative. Born in Queen of Angels Hospital in downtown Los Angeles, he has had a lifelong fascination with the city’s corrupt and colorful history. This fascination is woven into his first book, “American Dreams,” a multi-generational saga about three immigrants from Europe who flee to New York City before arriving to the glitz and glamour of a very different corner of Los Angeles: Hollywood, as well as his second novel, “City of Angels,” a noir tale set in the back alleys of 1920s Los Angeles. (amazon, 2021)
“City of Angels” is set in 1924 and Sam Lacy, a tough-as-nails homicide detective, follows his own code of conduct within the racist and corrupt Los Angeles Police Department. Sam’s beautiful ex-girlfriend has been murdered and a sadistic predator is assaulting young Chinese women. Are the crimes connected and can Sam stop the killers before powerful forces stop him? Sometimes, a good detective cannot let the law get in his way. Sam navigates L.A.’s seedy underbelly with the help from an unlikely trio: Sam’s partner, Lonnie, a handsome detective whose cavalier attitude conceals a troubled past outside of the law; Sam’s friend, Edward Bixby, a brilliant man whose crucial forensic work is performed off the books since the LAPD would never hire a Black man for a murder investigation; and Susan, Sam’s sister and moral compass, a war widow and mother who pursues leads of her own. The story takes place in the movie capital of the world, a city that attracts wide-eyed innocents and cold-hearted killers – a City of Angels.