Dark City. The Real Los Angeles Noir | Author: Jim Heimann

In the years following World War I, Los Angeles was a city awakening to its darker side, transforming itself from a backwater town to a gleaming metropolis and city of the future. But along the way a tarnished patina began to coat its ever-more glamorous facade. As thousands flocked to the city with their dreams and desires, so too came get-rich-quick schemes, phoney religions, organised crime, and corruption.

A visual history like no other, this impressive book brings together images from archives, museums, newspaper photo morgues, private collections, and the author’s extensive image library to reveal the true grit, grime, and sheer horror stories of Los Angeles from the 1920s to 1950s. In large format, we roam through the back alleys, gin joints, tattoo parlours, gambling dens, nightclubs, and the most brutal crime scenes, to uncover a city crawling with murder and mayhem.

Presented in a stylish slip case, this is the gift for the true crime aficionados out there! With rare vintage magazine reprints from the crime tabloids of the time, this is a uniquely evocative visual history through which the crime, crooks, crazies, and mean streets of the City of Angels are transformed from myth to reality.

Author: Jim Heimann
30 x 26.5 x 5cm
Hardcover
480 pages


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