From: Terrill Lankford (
Date: 06 Sep 2001

Carrie Pruett wrote:

> I do think the movie industry is a big part of why LA has been so prominent
> in HB fiction. I can't think that it's really mentioned all that much in
> Chandler, but it's implicit - it's why the city is there. Also the mob was
> pretty much tied up in the industry from the beginning, wasn't it? It does
> seem there's been a resurgence of the dark side of L.A. particularly in the
> last decade or so - understandably, with the riots, fires, earthquakes, OJ,
> etc.
> Every other L.A. crime book I've ever read makes me wonder why anyone would
> stay there for more than a week. "The Cracked Earth" by John Shannon - lots
> of earthquake stuff in there - was the latest (actually I wonder why anyone
> would live there)
> Carrie

Carrie, I think you've actually listed most of the reasons we DO live here - and quite a few of the reasons writers are drawn to write about this place. We have the best natural special effects in the country and the newspapers are chock full of gnarly story material. What's not to love?


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