Re: RARA-AVIS: Noir LA in 60s

Date: 12 Apr 2004


Re your question below:

> Besides Ellroy and Mosley, can anyone recommend good
> noirs (books or movies)
> about, well, about LA in the 60s?

Joseph Wambaugh's first book, THE NEW CENTURIONS
(1970?), is about the experiences of three rookie cops during their first few years on the job. It culminates in the Watts riots of 1965. Perhaps not quite as much historical perspective as you might be looking for, but it IS specifically about that era.

Most of Ellroy's books and at least a few of Mosley's are actually set in the '50's, by the way.


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