Top 5 books about Los Angeles

2. "The Big Sleep," by Raymond Chandler

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    The Big Sleep, by Raymond Chandler, Vintage, 240 pp.
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The classic detective novel, made into the equally classic Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall film, is the first appearance of Los Angeles noir detective Phillip Marlow. Marlow is hired to expose the blackmailer of a tycoon's daughter, but along the way he exposes a lot more about the seedy underbelly of 1930's LA society. Chandler's eloquent prose and quirky characters are enchanting.

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