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A bright and guilty place : murder, corruption, and L.A.'s scandalous coming of age

Author: Richard Rayner
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This book is a captivating chronicle of how the city of Angels lost its soul. In the 1920s 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 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
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Rayner
ISBN: 9780385509701 0385509707
OCLC Number: 262433318
Description: xiv, 267 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Cast of characters --
The mystery is announced --
Dam disaster --
A hero named Clark --
Angel city --
The gangster goes down --
Oil, law, and scandal --
Our detective learns the ropes --
Shots in the night --
Beverly Hills C.S.I. --
Cover-up --
Good time Charlie --
Systems under siege --
Reach for a typewriter --
Raymond Chandler : oil man! --
Entrapment of a news hound --
Running with the foxes --
Zig-zags of graft --
Red hot Bow --
The gutting of Clara --
Hard times in Lotus-land --
Double death on Sunset --
The ballad of Dave Clark --
They can hang you --
Telling it all --
Verdicts --
A hooker's tale --
Music of the city --
Black mask merry-go-round --
Sad song --
Lives go on --
A personal note.
Responsibility: Richard Rayner.
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This book is a captivating chronicle of how the city of Angels lost its soul. In the 1920s 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 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 LA's reckless optimism with the new cynicism. Together, theirs is the tale of how the city of sunshine got noir. When A Bright and Guilty Place begins, Leslie White is a naive young photographer who lands a job as a crime-scene investigator in the LA District Attorney's office. There he meets Dave Clark, a young, movie-star-handsome lawyer and a rising-star prosecutor with big ambitions. The cases they tried were some of the first "trials of the century," featuring dark-hearted oil barons, sexually perverse starlets, and hookers with hearts of gold. Los Angeles was in the grip of organized crime, and White was dismayed to see that only the innocent paid while the powerful walked free. But Clark was entranced by LA's dangerous lures and lived the high life: marrying a beautiful woman, wearing custom-made suits, yachting with the rich and powerful, and jaunting off to Mexico for gambling and girls. In a shocking twist, when Charlie Crawford, the Al Capone of LA, was found dead, the chief suspect was none other than golden boy Dave Clark. A Bright and Guilty Place is narrative nonfiction at its most gripping. Key to the tale are the story of the theft of the water from the Owens River Valley that let LA grow; the Teapot Dome scandal, which brought shame to President Harding; and the emergence of crime writers like Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain, who helped mythologize LA. In Rayner's hands, the ballad of Dave Clark is the story of the coming of age of a great American city. - Jacket flap.

1920s 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 also rife with organized crime, with a mayor and a DA in the pocket of the syndicates. Here, historian 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 got noir. Key events include the theft of water from the Owens River Valley that let L.A grow, the Teapot Dome scandal, and the emergence of crime writers like Raymond Chandler who helped mythologize L.A.--From publisher description.

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