The Lowriders

This urban tale of racial tensions is set in Chavez Ravine in Los Angeles prior to World War II. It was inspired by a visit to the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, where vehicles capture the zeitgeist of Southern California’s car culture.

Salvador Bernstein stepped in front of the bathroom mirror. It would be his final check of his appearance before taking the long concrete staircase that wound down to La Palma Avenue from his home on the hilltop overlooking Chavez Ravine. His dark brown hair, long on top, clipped above the ears, gleamed from the oil he’d raked through it. Tonight he wanted to impress the other fellows and especially the girls with his white tie and lavender shirt, and the black calf-length coat that squared and widened his shoulders so that he could pass for a man of twenty-five years and not a child approaching seventeen.

The Lowriders was published in Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles’ 2013 anthology entitled Last Exit to Murder.

Category: Published short story. Genres: Crime, Social Commentary, Murder, Historical, P.O.C.

© Avril Adams, 2022

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