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A Bright and Guilty Place: Murder, Corruption, and L.A.'s Scandalous Coming of Age

Authors: Rayner, Richard
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: BIO024000, HIS036060, TRU003000
ISBN: 9780385530118, Related ISBNs: 0385509707, 0385530110, 1400033586, 9780385509701, 9780385530118
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 240,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: Best Book of the Year
The Los Angeles TimesThe Washington Post

Los Angeles was the fastest growing city in the world, mad with oil fever, get-rich-quick schemes, and celebrity scandals. It was also rife with organized crime, with a mayor in the pocket of the syndicates and a DA taking bribes to throw trials. In A Bright and Guilty Place, Richard Rayner narrates the entwined lives of two men, Dave Clark and Leslie White, who were caught up in the crimes, murders, and swindles of the day. Over a few transformative years, as the boom times shaded into the Depression, the adventures of Clark and White would inspire pulp fiction and replace L.A.’s reckless optimism with a new cynicism. Together, theirs is the tale of how the city of sunshine went noir.
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