For immediate release
October 6, 2014  
As Mystery Lovers Converge on Long Beach, CA, the Raymond Chandler Bus Tour Is There To Meet Them
WHAT: A special day-long edition of Esotouric's "Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: In A Lonely Place" bus tour, coinciding with the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention
WHEN: Wednesday, November 12, 9am-5pm (the regular four-hour tour is also scheduled on Saturday, October 18, departing from Downtown L.A.)  
WHERE: Special tour departs from the Hyatt Regency, 200 South Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802.
COST: $90/person. 
GENERAL INFO: visit or call 213-373-1947
LOS ANGELES- Each year in the fall, hundreds of mystery authors and their fans converge on one North American city for Bouchercon, an international convention of the art and craft of mystery fiction. 
This year, Bouchercon is in Long Beach, CA. The program is packed with provocative panels, readings, book signings, socializing and the selection of the winners in the annual Anthony Awards for best mystery writing. And while the convention proper begins on Thursday, November 13, many attendees will be arriving early to get settled and see the Southern California sights. 
And that's where Esotouric, the eclectic bus adventure company whose tours reveal L.A.'s secret history, comes in. Among Esotouric's most popular tours is the one that follows in the footsteps of the city's greatest detective novelist, Raymond Chandler, from the downtown streets he roamed as a young oil executive to the Hollywood studios and bookshop backrooms where he crafted his iconic noir narratives. 
Just for Bouchercon (and any locals who'd like to tag along), they've scheduled a special pre-convention, day-long edition of the Raymond Chandler bus tour, conveniently starting and ending at the Hyatt Regency convention hotel.
ABOUT THE TOUR: Esotouric's "Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: In A Lonely Place" is a detail-drenched exploration of the 20th century city that shaped Chandler's fiction, and that in turn shaped his hard-boiled times. The route stretches from the Art Deco gems of Downtown Los Angeles to the mean streets of Hollywood, featuring locations where Chandler worked, drank or set memorable scenes from his books and screenplays. Locations include The Oviatt Building ("The Lady in the Lake"), the Hotel Van Nuys ("The Little Sister"), Bullock's Wilshire ("The Big Sleep"), The Bryson ("The Lady in the Lake"), Paramount Studios ("Double Indemnity"), Hollywood Boulevard ("Raymond Chandler Square"), the historic Larry Edmunds Bookshop and beyond. Drawing on published and unpublished work, private correspondence, screenplays and film adaptations, the tour traces Chandler’s search for meaning and his anti-hero Philip Marlowe’s adventures in detection, which lead them both down the rabbit hole of isolation, depression, and drink. The tour is a revealing time travel journey into the literary history of Los Angeles, and a rare chance to soak up that atmosphere with others who love noir fiction.
TOUR HOSTS: Since 2007, Esotouric's Raymond Chandler tour has been led by Richard Schave with assistance from his partner in Esotouric and life, his wife Kim Cooper. Kim takes her role as tour assistant seriously, and through her research into the writer and his time has made a number of original discoveries. Most prominent among these is the existence of Thomas H. James, a famously idealistic LAPD officer of the 1920s whose beat was two blocks from Chandler's oil company offices and who shares many characteristics with the character of Philip Marlowe. Tom James features alongside the young Chandler in Kim's 2014 novel, the fact-based cult mystery "The Kept Girl." (Kirkus calls it "commendable.") And just this month, British travel guide publishers Herb Lester issued "The Raymond Chandler Map of Los Angeles: A Guide to the Usual and Unusual" with text by Kim Cooper and art by Paul Rogers. Passionate historians of their native city, Richard and Kim are the perfect guides on a trip through nearly all that survives of Raymond Chandler's noir Los Angeles.
Raymond Chandler bus tour for Bouchercon:
"The Kept Girl" by Kim Cooper (Esotouric Ink, 2014)
About Thomas H. James, the Real Life Philip Marlowe
"The Raymond Chandler Map of Los Angeles: A Guide to the Usual and Unusual" (Herb Lester, 2014)
Upcoming Esotouric bus tour and special event schedule (free events starred)
Saturday, October 11 - The Real Black Dahlia crime bus tour
Saturday, October 18 - Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: In A Lonely Place
*Thursday, October 23 – Union Rescue Mission Walking Tour: 123 Years On Skid Row / Of Scrap & Steel screening (info at
Saturday, October 25 –Wild Wild Westside crime bus tour
Sunday, November 9 - Don't Turn Your Back crime lab seminar (info at
Wednesday, November 12 – Bouchercon edition of Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: In A Lonely Place
Saturday, November 22 - Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice crime bus tour
Saturday, November 29 - Special Event: Richard's Birthday Bus Tour of Public Mausolea of Los Angeles & Orange Counties  
Saturday, December 6 - Pasadena Confidential crime bus tour
Saturday, December 13 - East Side Babylon crime bus tour 
Esotouric's Kim Cooper and Richard Schave are proud members of LAVA - The Los Angeles Visionaries Association.
Tour hosts Richard Schave and Kim Cooper are available for interviews, and journalists and photographers on assignment can often be accommodated on Esotouric bus tours, including the regularly scheduled Raymond Chandler tour on October 18. Review copies of "The Kept Girl" and "The Raymond Chandler Map of Los Angeles" are available. Contact Kim at toursATesotouricDOTcom, 213-373-1947.