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By Richard Rayner

ISBN-10: 0385509707

ISBN-13: 9780385509701

Top ebook of the YearThe l. a. occasions • The Washington publish la used to be the quickest starting to be urban on this planet, mad with oil fever, get-rich-quick schemes, and superstar scandals. It used to be additionally rife with prepared crime, with a mayor within the pocket of the syndicates and a DA taking bribes to throw trials. In A brilliant and in charge 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 couple of transformative years, because the growth instances shaded into the melancholy, the adventures of Clark and White may motivate pulp fiction and exchange L.A.’s reckless optimism with a brand new cynicism. jointly, theirs is the story of ways the town of light went noir.

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Telephone operators—"'Hello' Girls," the Santa Paula Chronicle dubbed them—stuck to their posts in Santa Paula and Fillmore, making call after call while the flood came closer. Other tales of heroism, tragedy, and random luck took shape. George Bassolo of Fillmore drowned when the wave hit his car as he attempted to cross a bridge. "A passenger, whose name was un­ known, escaped when he was thrown free of the car and washed up in an orange tree," reported the Santa Paula Chronicle. The Coffers, from Piru, were caught unawares as they slept.

He loved gadgets and machines and had transformed himself into a photographer. He made portraits, or pictures of weddings and chris­ tenings, and did fingerprint and identification work for Ventura's newly inaugurated police force. His business did well. A wall-sized blowup of one of his street scenes is still featured in the main Ven­ tura library. He was also learning toflyand was a fan of Clara Bow, whose film Red Hair finally reached Ventura in March 1928. ). Leslie White was a success, and if truth be told, more than a little bored; but that was about to change.

Another rancher blew a hole in the roof of his home with a shotgun, and while he was pushing his children out onto the roof, the entire house swirled away, bearing them all to unlikely safety. Some who spoke only Spanish didn't understand the warnings they'd been given. Instead offleeingthey gathered on the long steel bridge spanning the Santa Clara River between Bardsdale and Fill­ more. Perhaps they thought they'd be safe, or maybe they wanted 10 A Bright and Guilty Place to see what was happening.

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