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L.A. noir : the struggle for the soul of America's most seductive city

by Buntin, John.

Format: Print Book 2009
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Allegheny Regional Non-Fiction Collection HV6795.L6 B86 2009x
Location  CLP - Allegheny Regional
Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  HV6795.L6 B86 2009x
CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction HV6795.L6 B86 2009x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  HV6795.L6 B86 2009x
When L.A. police chief William H. Parker duked it out with gangster Mickey Cohen, he created the first modern police department-whose surveillance units, says Buntin, damaged the city and portended the War on Terror. No escapist noir here.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Buntin documents the history of 1950s Los Angeles through the epic rivalry between the city's police chief, William Parker, and its organized crime leader, Mickey Cohen. Buntin traces the rivals' humbler beginnings, their confrontations, and how the city was shaped by them both. Narrator Kirby Heyborne's narration is clear and well paced, but not compelling. And while he infuses his reading with a hint of raspiness-something that could invoke the crime and corruption of 1950s L.A.-his voice is not deep or commanding enough. His narration is too congenial for a book this menacing, and he fails to convey the drama of his subject matter. Heyborne's timing is excellent, however, and he brings appropriate emphasis and nuance to important passages. A Broadway paperback. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Cohen, Mickey, -- 1914-1976.
Parker, William H. -- (William Henry), -- 1902-1966.
Los Angeles (Calif.). -- Police Department -- History -- 20th century.
Organized crime -- California -- Los Angeles -- History -- 20th century.
Crime -- California -- Los Angeles -- History -- 20th century.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Publisher New York :Harmony Books,2009
Edition 1st ed.
Other Titles LA noir
Los Angeles noir
Language English
Description xii, 419 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [391]-406) and index.
ISBN 0307352072 (hardcover)
9780307352071 (hardcover)
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