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A Bright and Guilty Place

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A Bright and Guilty Place by Richard Rayner
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Jun 01, 2010 | ISBN 9781400033584

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“Brilliant. . . . The nonfiction equivalent of the Raymond Chandler classics. . . . Utterly truthful, fantastic and new.” —Los Angeles Times

“[A] multi­faceted literary high wire act. . . . Rayner can write an engaging sentence and construct an artful, evocative yarn.” —The New York Times Book Review
“To love this book you have to love the wonderful novels of Raymond Chandler or James Ellroy. . . . If you can go along with that point of view, this social history will be a bonanza for you, a boundless source of creepy joy. . . . [A] complex and bristling narrative.” —Washington Post
“[Rayner] abounds in the doings of crooked politicians, conniving business people, brothel keepers, casino operators, blackmailers, embezzlers, unscrupulous lawyers, corruptible journalists, thugs who took care of their dirtier jobs. And, of course, the Hollywood stars.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Set in Los Angeles during the Roaring Twenties, A Bright and Guilty Place weaves the stories of two men, an idealistic crime scene investigator and a charismatic politico, who stood on opposite sides of a scandal that shaped a city’s identity and darkened its soul. Richard Rayner makes masterful use of his material—sex, murder, corruption, greed, and the invention of noir—to concoct a seething, sinful tale worthy of Raymond Chandler himself. This is narrative nonfiction at its best: meticulously researched, deftly drawn, and more compelling than anything the imagination might dare to conjure.” —Karen Abbott, author of the New York Times bestseller Sin in the Second City
A Bright and Guilty Place is a seductively readable knot of intersecting stories about pre-noir Los Angeles. It has an intriguing shape, a spectrum of emotions, beckoning suspense, satisfying inevitability, and a flavor all its own, at once familiar and strange.” —Luc Sante, author of Low Life
“Thanks to this detailed and cinematic narrative of desperate people in a desperate city, LA the place, LA the novel, and LA the film are fused into a tour  de  force of LA noir.” —Kevin Starr, author of Coast Of Dreams: California on the Edge, 1990-2002

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