By Richard Rayner
Most sensible ebook of the YearThe l. a. occasions • The Washington put up l. a. was once the quickest growing to be urban on the earth, mad with oil fever, get-rich-quick schemes, and star scandals. It was once additionally rife with geared up crime, with a mayor within the pocket of the syndicates and a DA taking bribes to throw trials. In A shiny and to blame position, Richard Rayner narrates the entwined lives of 2 males, Dave Clark and Leslie White, who have been stuck up within the crimes, murders, and swindles of the day. Over a number of transformative years, because the growth occasions shaded into the melancholy, the adventures of Clark and White could encourage pulp fiction and exchange L.A.’s reckless optimism with a brand new cynicism. jointly, theirs is the story of ways town of light went noir.
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Judge Doran was a lean, balding, bespectacled USC graduate who knew his own mind, a former member of the District Attorney's office who had argued cases against Earl Rogers and regarded himself as a mentor to Dave Clark. Dave Clark's handsome face lit up with surprise and a smile; he'd been given another chance. 24 4 Angel Citij L eslie White had been warned that another hemorrhage in his lung would most likely kill him. Doctors in Ventura County rec ommended confinement to bed and complete rest for at least a few months.
He was in his mid-twenties, recently married, and had his own pho tography business. Murder, and indeed Los Angeles itself, were far from his mind. Ventura had a population of fewer than 15,000. It had a Main Street, a courthouse, one of the original Spanish missions, and two small newspapers. On an average afternoon, its air was thick with the smell of citrus. But this country town was being transformed by oil fields that had been discovered nearby. Several of these gushers had been brought in by Ralph Lloyd in partnership with Joseph Dabney, the former a friend of Raymond Chandler's and the latter who hap pened to be his boss in 1928.
Anna Laina was stoic, not a talker (her mother was a Finn), and generally kept her smoldering temper in check. By all accounts she was, when young, a beautiful woman. A. lists William Alton Clark as a clerk for the Southern Pacific Railroad, then the most important and re16 A Bright and Guilty Place viled corporation in the state. " By the 1920 census, however, he was happy to describe himself more fully: "chief accountant for the Southern Pacific's freight division," an important job. He had bought a large home in Highland Park, on the fringes of downtown, and was sup porting a large extended family: his wife's mother and father, his wife, and their five children—three boys and two girls.