Wednesday at 2:30 on KPFK my guest is the novelist and mystery writer Tod Goldberg, whose Living Dead Girl was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He also writes the popular Burn Notice series and short stories, in addition to reviewing for the LA Times. His previous short story collection was Simplify, and he is my guest today on the occasion of his second collection, with the perfect and enviable title Other Resort Cities, featuring places you’ll recognize in our Southern California desert, and characters who live there, however darkly: a retired Salton Sea sheriff, a mobster posing as a rabbi in Vegas, a father who kidnaps his children and hides in Inland Empire model homes. These are literary short stories with the appeal of noir, and set in moments of decline and loss that define our boom and bust economy and culture. Funny, smart and dangerous, Goldberg’s short stories are also very fun to read. Thanks for listening. Fund drive starts next week. Please support Bibliocracy Radio and KPFK.