Full of movie stars, newly built tract houses, and coveted manufacturing jobs, Los Angeles was a perfect target for the genre’s sneering cynicism.
The writer had a dark view of LA but was undoubtedly seduced and enthralled with the City of Angels.
It’s long been suggested that the city’s old transit network fell victim to a conspiracy by automakers to create more demand for cars.
Laced with corruption in the 1940s and ’50s, LA became the birthplace for the literary and cinematic style.
Raymond Chandler cemented the Bryson Apartment Hotel’s legacy.