> How do hard boiled
> portray The City of Angels and what influence does
> it have? Has the view
> of modern Los Angeles as a city of corruption
> changed ?
> I think Los Angeles' smog is mentioned in all
> the books I have read
> that are set there in the present day.. Each book of
> one author, John
> Shannon, has had the environment as a continuing
> theme, as is evident in his
> titles: THE CONCRETE RIVER, THE CRACKED EARTH and
> THE POISON SKY.
He and other contemporary L.A. novelists may very well be
influenced by the master of the contemporary Los Angeles
environmental jeremiad, the brilliant non-fiction writer Mike
Davis, author of City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los
Angeles, and Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination
Mark R. Harris
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