The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
Ray Chandler's novel takes the reader into the underworld of LA's underworld through the eyes of private investigator, Phillip Marlowe, during the 30's. The novel eventually became a feature film on the big screen in 1946 and again in 1978. Heralded as a classic in the "Film Noir" genre, The Big Sleep is a great look into the past of a very famous city!
The Last Tycoon - F. Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald describes a Hollywood director's life as he slowly works himself to death in the 1920s. It is an "unfinished" novel, due to the author's death in 1940. It became a motion picture starring Robert Deniro and Tony Curtis in 1976.
The Concrete Blonde - Michael Connelly
Michael Connelly writes about Harry Bosch, a police detective in LA, as he travels throughout the city visiting major landmarks fighting crime. This is one of many mysteries by the author.
A Bright and Guilty Place: Murder, Corruption, and L.A.'s Scandalous Coming of Age - Richard Rayner
The author, Richard Rayner, talks about LA being the fastest growing city on the world. He goes into depth about organized crime, celebrity scandal, and follows the lives of two men who are involved in crimes, murders, and other schemes. The novel is a deep look into the city known for sunshine and bright lights can turn dark and sullen. The author, Richard Rayner, has written for The New Yorker, LA Times, and others. Many revere this book as a great read.
Bohemian Los Angeles by Daniel Hurewitz
Hurewitz book is a well written history of 20th century Los Angeles bohemian life and the almost forgotten stories of artists, left of center activists, and gay men and women. It is here in Edendale, near to Downtown LA, that the nations outsiders made the personal political and the first g…