From “Hell to Hail Mary”

An L.A. cop, an actor, a hero.  Frank DiPaola’s gritty new book “From Hell to Hail Mary,” set in 1970’s Los Angeles, reads with a ‘Dragnet‘ edge.

Pick up a copy at any local bookstore, then come by Cannery Row Antique Mall for an autographed signing by the author himself, as Frank is a dealer at the Mall, specializing in vintage automobile & garage memorabilia, old magazine & car books and Concours d’Elegance posters.  Seton Publishing.

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  1. Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

    Hello Mr. Di Paolo. I wanted to reach out to you to thank you for your words when I was a teen you spoke to me and I always remembered you. My father grew up in Lincoln heights his mother italian and his father french at 18 he joined the army went to Vietnam. he returned and had his issues and died when I was 16 . At 16 I thought I was grown and mom tried to keep me on track but I wouldn’t listen. After several run ins w the law our paths crossed you were real serious and didn’t smile much which reminded me of my father a real hard ass lol. There was a group of us teens and everyone one was doing there own thing and we were talking and you said to me. You have to find something you would like to do for a living (something legal)find things that you like. You said like me take for instance I like women and I like cars and you said for both of them you need money. I thought to my self shoot I really like both those things too. 🙂 I don’t know if you remember. But after that I mentioned that I knew where there was a old pontiac for sale up in Mount washington,and we went all of us teens and you in a police van to go see it, and you were living in some part of pasadena off the 110 fwy. oh I forgot to mention I grew up in glassell park. I also had the privilege of seening you receive a award at the police Academy a year later my mom works for Barrio action in El Sereno and took me w her you were coming down the Isle and I was like I know him.
    Life’s been good after that I got a job working security for a little over a year at a low rise building in downtown l.a. then, worked at Hollywood hills forest lawn worked my way up to assistant funeral director which was very interesting working with the dead. And I told myself I wouldn’t leave there unless I got hired w the city of Los Angeles or w the phone company. It’s been 18 years this October will be 19 years I’ve been working for AT&T. I’ve had many classic cars 1938 chevy coupe,1951 chevy styline deluxe,1964 ford galaxie fast back and alot more I have two sons 20 and 23 and both work for two diffrent water companys one at San Gabriel water company the other at Trabuco cyn water district. I told my boys time to put it in drive and get your behinds in gear,life can be a cruel place and no one’s gonna give you a thing. I was thinking you didn’t know it but you helped me and helped shape my future and my kids future . I’ve owned 3 houses and live in Covina traveled all over california working for Att was in San Juan Bautista at the mission and there was a big China town sign w the Los Angeles city seal it’s a big sign. Someone wanted to take part of home w them I thought. Wanted to let you know i made it
    Thank you, cars and women sir cars and women !
    Adrianperdue@att.net

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  2. GREAT BOOK! WHAT A WONDERFUL STORY OF A MAN’S JOURNEY — AND HIS LOVE AFFAIR WITH HIS JOB, HIS WIFE AND HIS FAITH. A VERY EASY READ—CANT WAIT FOR THE MOVIE!

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