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Sunday, August 16, 2009

A Bright And Guilty Place by Richard Rayner


A Bright And Guilty Place by Richard Rayner

1920's-1930's Los Angeles, California was one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Rayner tells the story of two men whose lives take two different directions in the midst of the chaos of movie rise, celebrity scandals, organized crime, murders, swindles, city corruption and bribes. Leslie White was a photographer who moved to Los Angeles to recuperate from a lung condition. He became an investigator for the District Attorney. Later he resigned and became an author. David H. Clark, known as Handsome Dave Clark, was an Asst. D.A. and, later, a crusading attorney who ran for a judgeship. A political Go-To-Guy, Charlie Crawford, was killed and Debonair Dave is accused of murder.

I really liked this book. Rayner made early Los Angeles come alive and the murder and trial was a great way to get you involved in the history. Whenever a book makes me want to delve more deeply, I consider it a success. I recommend this book. And I'm going to check out some Gardner and Chandler books too, while I'm in the mood.

Here are some photos and links that will give you some faces to go with the names:
Clara Bow





Clara Bow with her husband, Rex Bell



Buron Fitts




Guy McAfee



Asa Keyes (pronounced Kize)




Albert Marco



Rev. Robert "Fighting Bob" P. Shuler on left and Rev. Gustave Briegleb on the right. Rev. Briegleb has been made immortal as a champion for Mrs. Christine Collins in the 2008 movie, The Changeling.



Raymond Chandler



Erle Stanley Gardner



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buron_Fitts
http://www.metnews.com/articles/2007/perspectives120307.htm
http://www.clarabow.org/
http://www.metnews.com/articles/2007/perspectives111307.htm
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,738872,00.html
http://www.onlinenevada.org/guy_mcafee
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/lasvegas/peopleevents/p_mcafee.html
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,752870,00.html
http://articles.latimes.com/1999/oct/03/local/me-18301
http://www.virtualvenice.info/visual/cabrillo.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_H._Crawford
http://www.prolades.com/glama/la5co07/overview_1850-1930.pdf
http://bigorangelandmarks.blogspot.com/2009/04/no-229-westminster-presbyterian-church.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Changeling_(film)
http://www.thrillingdetective.com/trivia/chandler.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Chandler
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erle_Stanley_Gardner
http://www.thrillingdetective.com/trivia/gardner.html
http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/gardner.htm

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've been having one helluva time finding a photo of the book's lead character, David H. Clark. For someone so beloved and reported on at the time, it's odd that photos of him are so tough to track down, no?

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