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

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

by Richard Rayner

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A Bright and Guilty Place: Murder, Corruption, and L.A.'s Scandalous Coming of Age 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you appreciate the old vintage black and white detective dramas,such as The Big Sleep and the Maltese Falcon, this is the book for you. It goes into the crime history of LA from the turn of the century. For example, the plot for the great film Chinatown is based on an actual scandal. There are probably several other movie plots lurking in the book. Anyhow, it was a quick, easy read.
Cygnus555 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a really fun read. I have grown up in Los Angeles and did not know that this city had so much history. What I like most about this book is the light, pulpy kind of feel to it. It was not dry history - it was actually a page turner. So why the 3.5 stars? The author has a tendency to wander off on random rabbit trails of facts that don't relate to the main story line. I found this to be somewhat irritating. I found myself scanning forward and skipping paragraphs at times. It did not happen much, but when it did it irked me. The storyline was fascinating and well documented.
pharrm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Imagine all the corruption, full characters and intertwined stories that read like noir fiction -- but it's real.
pedalinfaith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Narrative non-fiction is a rare gift and this book was like Christmas. Rayner makes believable the mystique and mythology of LA noir, which inspired a whole genre of writing (pulp fiction) and film (film noir), through his exhaustive research and the retelling of the lives of two lesser known historical figures whose destinies are interwoven with the glamour and corruption that was LA's messy coming of age.
jsmog on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A gripping account of an obscure time in Los Angeles' history, the corrupt Twenties.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago