No one expects the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
The LA DWP keeps popping in the strangest places. I first encountered them in T. Jefferson Parker’s Storm Runners, where they were a shadowy organization bent on assassinating a woman with a rain-making machine. In Greg Van Eekhout’s new novel California Bones, they’re controlled by an immortal wizard who keeps Los Angeles’ canals and water highways running smoothly. I think they’re the villain in that Chinatown movie as well, though what that movie’s about and why it’s called Chinatown remains a mystery.
Perhaps I’ll look into it one day. It’s based on a Bentley Little novel, right? The Chinatown?
Books discussed this episode include: Dead Run by P.J. Tracy, The Fourth Wall by Walter Jon Williams, Night Film by Marisha Pessl, Breakout by Richard Stark, California Bones by Greg van Eekhout, Skin Game by Jim Butcher, and Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson.
It hadn’t been announced when we recorded the podcast, but the sequel to California Bones is coming out in January. Before we get to that though, The Last Policeman series concluded this month and Joe Abercrombie started a new trilogy as well. We’ll have more on those when the next episode goes live on Friday, plus the latest on Jack Daniels and Luther Kite– TOGETHER AT LAST FOR REAL!
Midnight Skull Sessions episode 29 has been available for awhile now on iTunes. You can also download it directly at the link below.