A Crime Novel Lover’s Guide to Los Angeles

Where to walk in the shadows of L.A. Noir.

The City of Angeles provides a backdrop to many popular Noir tomes, some pure fiction and others inspired by actual events. The New York Times put together a map of a few infamous scenes from these smoldering works. Check out a few highlights:

MICHAEL CONNELLY, “THE BLACK ECHO” (1992) 

“In his stilt house in the Hollywood Hills, Detective Harry Bosch broods, listens to jazz records and attempts to solve the murder of a fellow Vietnam vet whose body was discovered in a drainpipe at Mulholland dam.”

RAYMOND CHANDLER, “THE LONG GOODBYE” (1953) 

“Philip Marlowe investigates the murder of a wealthy woman while living in Laurel Canyon, in ‘a small hillside house on a dead-end street with a long flight of redwood steps to the front door and a grove of eucalyptus trees across the way.’”

JAMES ELLROY, “BLACK DAHLIA” (1987) 

“The mutilated body of Elizabeth Short is discovered in an empty residential lot in Leimert Park, kicking off the case that will take over Officer Dwight ‘Bucky’ Bleichert’s life.”

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