“Completely entertaining… a colourful and entirely different take on the vices of Tinseltown.”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
The cover of John Buntin’s L.A. Noir would make a cracking design for a thriller. That’s the selling point of this lively popular history of gangsters and the LAPD. But don’t think that this isn’t well-researched and well-written stuff.
Buntin is a writer for the US magazine, Governing, and has done his homework fantastically well and writes in that American journalistic style that feels very authoritative.
That I know any of the municipal and policing history of Los Angeles is entirely thanks to James Ellroy, whose work loosely rewrites much of the story told here.