L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City

Broadway Books - Into this underworld came two men—one L. A. S most notorious gangster, the other its most famous police chief—each prepared to battle the other for the soul of the city. Now the tnt original series MOB CITYMidcentury Los Angeles. Three rivers Press CA. A city sold to the world as "the white spot of america, " a land of sunshine and orange groves, protected by the world’s most famous police force, wholesome Midwestern values and Hollywood stars, the Dragnet-era LAPD.

Behind this public image lies a hidden world of "pleasure girls" and crooked cops, ruthless newspaper tycoons, corrupt politicians, and East Coast gangsters on the make.

Lost Los Angeles

Pavilion - Abbot kinney’s vision of a Venetian suburb was largely filled in after the banks eroded. There is an extraordinary variety of losses from this unique city: the ambassador hotel, church of the open door, the mgm backlots, casa don vincente lugo, Barker Brothers, Chaplin Airfield, Pan Pacific Stadium, Fort Moore Hill, Jayne Mansfield’s Pink Palace, The City of Los Angeles train, the community in Chavez Ravine, Helms and Van de Kamp bakeries, the Egyptian marquee, La Grande Station, Beverly Hills Speedway, County Records Building, Sears, Wrigley Field, the Temple Block and the Zanja Madre.

It has seen the passing of major industries, airfields, film lots, hills, film companies, piers and a speedway. In los angeles, citrus groves have come and gone, oil derricks have sprung up in their place and been replaced by housing tracts. And while most cities suffer the loss of classic old cinemas, Victorian hotels and grand railroad stations, Los Angeles has lost those and much more.

Lost Los Angeles - The movie industry moved in from New York and Chicago, expanded, contracted and then sold off their lots. National radio stations chose the area around Sunset & Vine to build grand art deco studios which were soon vacated. Pavilion Books. Los angeles is less than 150 years old yet in that short time a great deal has been built and torn down.

Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood

Harper Paperbacks - And overseeing this entire landscape of intrigue was Adolph Zukor, the brilliant and ruthless founder of Paramount, locked in a struggle for control of the industry and desperate to conceal the truth about the crime. Pavilion Books. Harper Paperbacks. Never before had a medium possessed such power to influence.

New york times bestseller • edgar award winner for best fact crimethe day of the locust meets The Devil in the White City and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in this juicy, murder, scandal, untold Hollywood story: an addictive true tale of ambition, intrigue, and the creation of the modern film industry.

By 1920, the movies had suddenly become America’s new favorite pastime, and one of the nation’s largest industries. Yet hollywood’s glittering ascendency was threatened by a string of headline-grabbing tragedies—including the murder of William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association, a legendary crime that has remained unsolved until now.

In a fiendishly involving narrative, bestselling Hollywood chronicler William J. Along the way, mann brings to life los angeles in the roaring Twenties: a sparkling yet schizophrenic town filled with party girls, drug dealers, religious zealots, newly-minted legends and starlets already past their prime—a dangerous place where the powerful could still run afoul of the desperate.

Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood - A true story recreated with the suspense of a novel, Tinseltown is the work of a storyteller at the peak of his powers—and the solution to a crime that has stumped detectives and historians for nearly a century. Mann draws on a rich host of sources, including recently released fbi files, to unpack the story of the enigmatic Taylor and the diverse cast that surrounded him—including three beautiful, ambitious actresses; a grasping stage mother; a devoted valet; and a gang of two-bit thugs, any of whom might have fired the fatal bullet.

The Raymond Chandler Map of Los Angeles

Herb Lester - It mixes locations from the books, the films and Chandler's personal life. Pavilion Books. The neon-lit streets, mobbed-up joints and seedy rooming houses portrayed in his fiction were real places, familiar to Angelenos of the time, and in some cases recognisable today. There's the crummy dive where moose malloy went looking for Velma; the actual lounge where Marlowe and Terry Lennox ordered gimlets; the top-floor suite where oil executive Chandler got his priceless education in how a dirty, sun-drenched city really operated.

This is a guide to the world of Raymond Chandler and his noble alter-ego, the private detective Philip Marlowe. Few writers are as inextricably linked with a city as Raymond Chandler and Los Angeles. This is the los Angeles that Raymond Chandler carried in his heart. Harper Paperbacks. And now, you can too.

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

Anchor - In a bright and guilty place, richard rayner narrates the entwined lives of two men, murders, Dave Clark and Leslie White, who were caught up in the crimes, and swindles of the day. Together, theirs is the tale of how the city of sunshine went noir. 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. Best book of the yearthe los angeles times • the Washington Post Los Angeles was the fastest growing city in the world, get-rich-quick schemes, mad with oil fever, and celebrity scandals. Pavilion Books. Used book in Good Condition. It was also rife with organized crime, with a mayor in the pocket of the syndicates and a DA taking bribes to throw trials.

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

Chronicles of Old Los Angeles: Exploring the Devilish History of the City of the Angels Chronicles Series

Museyon - There’s more to los angeles than lights, oil wells and orange groves, action! From the city's early, devilish days populated by missionaries, camera, robber barons, Chronicles of Old Los Angeles explains how the Wild West became the Left Coast. Pavilion Books. Used book in Good Condition. Learn how alta california became the 31st state, followed by gangsters, and how ethnic waves built Los Angeles—from Native Americans to Spaniards, surfers, Latinos and Asians, architects and the Hollywood pioneers who brought fame to the City of the Angels.

Then, discover the city yourself with six guided walking/driving tours of LA’s historic neighborhoods, profusely illustrated with color photographs and period maps. Harper Paperbacks.

City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles

Verso - Used book in Good Condition. To its official boosters, “Los Angeles brings it all together. Rdquo; to detractors, LA is a sunlit mortuary where “you can rot without feeling it. Rdquo; to mike davis, los angeles is both utopia and dystopia, a place where the last Joshua trees are being plowed under to make room for model communities in the desert, where the rich have hired their own police to fend off street gangs, the author of this fiercely elegant and wide- ranging work of social history, as well as armed Beirut militias.

Nbsp;city of quartz, davis reconstructs LA In’s shadow history and dissects its ethereal economy. No metropolis has been more loved or more hated. He tells us who has the power and how they hold on to it. He gives us a city of dickensian extremes, Pynchonesque conspiracies, and a desperation straight out of Nathaniel Westa city in which we may glimpse our own future mirrored with terrifying clarity.

City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles - In this new edition, Davis provides a dazzling update on the city’s current status. Harper Paperbacks. Pavilion Books.


Vintage - Lapd captain William H. Hideo ashida is a police chemist and the only Japanese on the L. A. Here, ellroy gives us the party at the edge of the abyss and the precipice of America’s ascendance. Kay lake is a twenty-one-year-old dilettante looking for adventure. He is bitterly at odds with sergeant Dudley Smith—Irish émigré, ex-IRA killer, fledgling war profiteer.

Pavilion Books. December, 1941. Harper Paperbacks. Parker is superbly gifted, liquored-up, corrosively ambitious, and consumed by dubious ideology. War fever and racial hatred grip the city. The crime becomes a political storm center that brilliantly illuminates these four driven souls—comrades, lovers, rivals, history’s pawns.

Perfidia - The investigation throws them together and rips them apart. Used book in Good Condition. The hellish murder of a Japanese family summons three men and one woman. Perfidia is that moment, spellbindingly captured. National bestseller     an npr best book of the yearlos Angeles. Vintage.

Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder: The True Story

Arcade - Even more shocking, he proves that the murderer, a true-life Jekyll and Hyde who was a highly respected member of society by day and a psychopathic killer by night, was his own father. Used book in Good Condition. For viewers of the tnt series i am the night and fans of the root of evil podcast, the bestselling book that revealed the shocking identity of the Black Dahlia Killer and the Police Corruption That Concealed It for So Long A New York Times Bestseller An International BestsellerA New York Times Notable BookAn Edgar Award Finalist In 1947, the brutal, sadistic murder of a beautiful young woman named Elizabeth Short led to the largest manhunt in LA history.

. Harper Paperbacks. This edition of the book includes new findings and photographs added after the original publication, together with a new postscript by the author. The prime suspect had in fact been identified, but never indicted. Pavilion Books. Steve hodel, took up the case, a retired lapd detective who was a private investigator, reviewing the original evidence and records as well as those of a separate grand jury investigation into a series of murders of single women in LA at the time.

Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder: The True Story - Vintage. The killer teased and taunted the police and public for weeks, and the murder remained the most tantalizing unsolved case of the last century, but his identity stayed a mystery, until this book revealed the bizarre solution. Why? and who was he? in an account that partakes both of LA Confidential and Zodiac, for the corruption it exposes and the insight it offers into a serial killer’s mind, Hodel demonstrates that there was a massive police cover-up.

This Storm: A novel

Knopf - They will fight their inner wars within The War with unstoppable fury. A massive novel of World War II Los Angeles. Used book in Good Condition. The cops rate it a routine dead-man job. A body is unearthed in Griffith Park. Chief of Police. Vintage. Harper Paperbacks. He's gone rogue and gone all-the-way Fascist. It's a summons to misalliance and all the spoils of a brand-new war.

Elmer jackson is a corrupt Vice cop. Torrential rainstorms hit L. A. The crowning work of an American master. It is january, 1942. Hideo ashida is a crime-lab whiz, caught up in the maelstrom of the Japanese internment. Pavilion Books. He's a flesh peddler and a bagman for the L. A. They've got a hot date with History.

This Storm: A novel - They're grievously wrong. Joan conville was born rogue. She's a defrocked Navy lieutenant and a war profiteer to her core.

L.A. Confidential

Grand Central Publishing - Pavilion Books. Vintage. Warner Books NY. L. A. Harper Paperbacks. A horrific mass murder invades the lives of victims and victimizers on both sides of the law. Used book in Good Condition. Confidential is epic "noir", a crime novel of astonishing detail and scope written by the bestselling author of The Black Dahlia.

. And three lawmen are caught in a deadly spiral, a nightmare that tests loyalty and courage, and offers no mercy, grants no survivors.