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

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A book by Richard Rayner

Book Description  A captivating chronicle of how the City of Angels lost its soul.  Los Angeles was the fastest growing city in the world, mad with oil fever, get-rich-quick schemes, celebrity scandals, and religious fervor. It was … see full wiki

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Author: Richard Rayner
Publisher: Doubleday
1 review about A Bright and Guilty Place: Murder, Corruption,...

L. A. Noir

  • Jul 27, 2009
I always find it interesting to discover facts about people and places that I had never known before. Having seen the movie "Chinatown" many years ago, I had a small feel for the ambiance and corruption of L.A. in the early 20th century. This well-written book has given me much more insight into the area and what was happening there.

The book is almost like a "Who's Who" of the famous and infamous of L.A. in the first thirty or so years of the 20th century. Movie stars, politicians (both honest and corrupt), cops (also both honest and corrupt), famous writers, extremely wealthy folks, scientists, lawyers, etc., move quite easily through the pages. The work is written in a light, sprightly manner, and that makes it very easy to read and enjoy.

I've never been to L.A. (although my daughter has lived there for several years), but this book only heightened my interest in travelling there and seeing some of the sights that still exist even today from that time of almost a century ago.

If you like your social and political history light but interesting and entertaining, this book is definitely for you!

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