Juniper Song

Created by Steph Cha

"I spent a lot of lonely years dreaming of Philip Marlowe instead of living my own life."

-- from Beware Beware

Scrappy smart ass Asian-American JUNIPER SONG is a twenty-something wannabe private detective (her childhood hero was Philip Marlowe) still learning the ropes, who eventually goes to work for the Lindley & Flores agency in LA's Koreatown district, in a series of novels by Steph Cha, who also makes her home in Los Angeles.

And it shows -- Juniper's a nice mix of Veronica Mars and Kinsey Millhone, but it's her audacious deep dive into the always turbulent, always fluid multicultural swamp (Amenians! Koreans! Movie people!) of the City of Angels, reminescent of Walter Mosley or John Shannon's Jack Liffey that makes this series one to watch.


  • "Cha brings the Korean communities in L.A. alive while creating a fantastic noir heroine who sees the world as it is: always with a little bit of a dark stain."

-- Novel Suspects

  • "Stephanie Cha's brilliant debut is as Noir as Old Nick's sense of humour. Compelling from first to last page, she takes on contemporary L.A., sweeping the reader through Chandler's twilight, heartbroken city from mansions to faux K-town hostess bars. L.A. Noir at its finest."

-- Denise Mina on Follow Her Home


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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