A name often used to refer to a group of coastal cities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in southwestern Los Angeles County. Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, and Rolling Hills Estates are the predominant cities in the area, with a part of San Pedro protruding on the eastern end of the peninsula. This affluent bedroom community is known for its dramatic views from the Palos Verdes Hills, schools, extensive horse trails, and high home prices; 5
27; 103; 116-117; in Boards mansion, 129; "dark crews" working for "the ancient forces of greed and fear" 130; "a guy can't ever be too paranoid" 149; LAPD and Wolfmann's abduction, 151; "travelers invisible to others" 172; "What I want to keep you away from is vast..." 210; "paranoid hippie bullshit" 214; 221; 227; 248; 257; Pepe's, about "agencies of command and control" 265, 268; higher power running the Viggies, 301; 318; 332
204; See Glass House; 323
Parsons, Theophilus (1797-1882)
91; "nineteenth-century commentator"; was Dane Professor of Law at Harvard from 1848 to 1870 and is remembered chiefly as the author of a series of useful legal treatises and some books in support of Swedenborgian doctrines.
The Pasadena Freeway or Arroyo Seco Parkway is the first freeway in the U.S. state of California, connecting Los Angeles with Pasadena alongside the Arroyo Seco. It is notable not only for being the first, mostly opened in 1940, but for representing the transitional phase between early parkways and modern freeways; 3
Patek Philippe watch
348; Since 1868, Swiss luxury watch manufacture located in Geneva and the Vallée de Joux. Patek Philippe watches have enjoyed great demand among discerning collectors and watch connoisseurs of high social status and wealth.
Pearls Before Swine
American psychedelic folk band formed by Tom Rapp in 1965 in Eau Gallie, now part of Melbourne, Florida. They released six albums between 1967 and 1971; T-shirt, 121
See Kimball, Penny
264; El Drano's roommate
76; works at Doc's office; "interesting bruise" on her leg, 197; 287; pregnant by her husband Dizzy, 360
292; The LAPD's Public Disorder Intelligence Division (PDID), kept extensive secret files on public officials and prominent civilians. The department was accused of numerous abuses involving how those files were used after then-LAPD Detective Jay S. Paul was found to have stored more than 100 boxes of sensitive dossiers in his home and garage and shared some of the material with right-wing individuals and groups, and was disbanded in 1983, replaced by an Anti-Terrorist Division; "P-DIDdies" perhaps riffs on rapper Sean Combs' stage name, P-Diddy; 295
Pierce, Webb (1921-1991)
One of the most popular American honky tonk vocalists of the 1950s, charting more number one hits than any other country artist during the decade. For many, Pierce, with his flamboyant Nudie suits and twin silver dollar-lined convertibles became the most recognizable face of country music of the era and its excesses. His "There Stands The Glass" is an iconic country drinking song; 225
English rock band, formed in 1965, who initially earned recognition for their psychedelic and space rock music, and later, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. Their first album, Piper at the Gates of Dawn was almost entirely written by Syd Barrett (1946-2006) who also played guitar and was lead vocalist. "Interstellar Overdrive," an approx 12-minute space-jam, was on the Floyd's first album. However, Syd quickly devolved into insanity, some say due to his prodigious use of psychedelic drugs, and he was almost entirely absent from the second album on; Rick Wright, 129; "Interstellar Overdrive" 299
155; hot dog place on La Brea; 312
191; a very skinny joint
256; one of Doc's hangouts in Gordita Beach, where he doesn't recognize anybody
124; 1963 surf tune by The Chantays
148; owner of Knucklehead Jack's
366; where Sparky at Gotcha! usually orders post-midnight dinners
3; 42; 162
Popeye and Bluto
326; Cartoon nemeses who fight for the affection of Olive Oyl.
306; Chief cook on the Golden Fang who helps Shasta escape
342; Crocker Fenway's club, near Elysian Park
The Portola expedition, led by Gaspar de Portolà from July 14, 1769 to January 24, 1770, was the first known recorded attempt by Spain to explore Alta California by land. The purpose of the expedition was to secure bases in Upper California before the Russians; mural depicting, 343
Postman Always Rings Twice, The (1946)
Film noir drama based on the 1934 The Postman Always Rings Twice novel by James M. Cain. This adaptation of the novel is the best known, featuring Lana Turner and John Garfield; Doc's suit, 344
15; referred Tariq Khalil to Doc who "helped him out of a situation back in '67"
199; Arthur Tweedle's neighbor, "another countersubversive hobbyist"
Presley, Elvis (1935-1977)
American singer and actor. A cultural icon, he is commonly known simply as Elvis and is also sometimes referred to as The King of Rock 'n' Roll or The King; 232; "Viva Las Vegas" 234; 243; reference to "All Shook Up" (1957): "Who do you thank when you have such luck? I'm in love, I'm all shook up"
Price of Wisdom
276; "gourmet health-food joint off of Melrose" where Penny Kimball and Doc go;
Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The
204; a 1969 film, based on the novel of same name. It is remembered for Maggie Smith's performance in the title role, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
183; one of Tito Stavrou's creditors, a loan shark; Puck Beaverton worked for him, 212; 267; holding loans to LAPD officers, 269; prime suspect in a number of homicides "and each time, upon intervention from the highest levels, he's walked" 272; "strange history with the California Public Code" 283; hit man, 320; "dropped like an acid tab into the mouth of Time" 327
306; in Maui, where Shasta runs into Flip after escaping; "Pukalani" is Hawaiian for "Heavenly Gates"
143; Palos Verdes