From: Los Angeles Noir ed. Denise Hamilton. Akashic Books, 2007.
Straight's Edgar-nominated story follows successful travel writer FX Antoine searching downtown L.A. for Grady Jackson. As a teenager, FX stowed away in Grady's car to make it to Los Angeles. Now she feels a duty to tell him him his old flame Glorette—FX's best childhood friend—has been killed in their old neighborhood of Rio Seco.
Highlighting local color, socioeconomic and racial divides, "The Golden Gopher" is literary as well as noir.