A Bright and Guilty Place: Murder, Corruption, and L.A.'s by Richard Rayner

By Richard Rayner

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Los Angeles was once the quickest transforming into urban on this planet, mad with oil fever, get-rich-quick schemes, and famous person scandals. It was once additionally rife with geared up crime, with a mayor within the pocket of the syndicates and a DA taking bribes to throw trials. In A vibrant and to blame Place, Richard Rayner narrates the entwined lives of 2 males, Dave Clark and Leslie White, who have been stuck up within the crimes, murders, and swindles of the day. Over a couple of transformative years, because the increase occasions shaded into the melancholy, the adventures of Clark and White could motivate pulp fiction and change L.A.’s reckless optimism with a brand new cynicism. jointly, theirs is the story of ways the town of light went noir.

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During the years of the Great Depression, Chandler drew mate­ rial from the headlines and bullet-prose of the tabloids. True crime tells the story of how L. A. got hardboiled and noir. Flash backto 1910, when the population of Los Angeles was 310,000 or thereabouts, many of them Spanish-speaking. "There were more cows than people," says the writer and historian D. J. Waldie, and he might not have been joking. Ten years later, in 1920, the popula­ tion was 576,000. A. A. 5 million souls. A. was the fastest-growing 3 Richard Rayner city in the world.

Fifty miles to the south, the lights of Los Angeles flickered. For a few seconds, the entire city fell into darkness. A power station lay a mile and a half from the foot of the dam. The wall of water took about five minutes to get there. "This was not the express train portrayed by pulp writers, but the generated de­ structive horsepower was impossible to visualize," wrote historian Charles Outland. "With a depth varying from 100-140 feet for the first few miles, nothing could withstand the violence of the flood wave.

S Capone" by the Daily News. "Marco's just a goon to me," Clark told the News, ridiculing the idea that the gangster might be given special consideration. " "Tough words characterize this ice-cool prosecutor," wrote Gene Coughlin, a top writer on the News. A. reporters of the day, Coughlin had served his apprenticeship in Chicago. He was friendly with Lionel Moise who, it's been said, taught Ernest Hem­ ingway his trade on the Kansas City Star. Certainly Moise provided Hemingway, and Coughlin too, with a hard-drinking, hard-fighting journalistic persona that they adopted as their model.

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