Join the Sunland-Tujunja branch in reading L.A. NOIR: THE STRUGGLE FOR THE SOUL OF AMERICA'S MOST SEDUCTIVE CITY by John Buntin L.A. NOIR is a fascinating examination of Los Angeles’s underbelly, the Mob, and America’s most admired–and reviled–police department. In the Dragnet-era of midcentury Los Angeles emerge two men–one L.A.’s most notorious gangster, the other its most famous police chief. Mickey Cohen, a fastidious dresser and unrepentant killer, and William H. Parker, the proud son of a pioneering law-enforcement family, would soon come head-to-head in a struggle to control the city–a struggle that echoes unforgettably through the fiction of Raymond Chandler and movies such as The Big Sleep, Chinatown, and L.A. Confidential.
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