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List Rules Fiction books that use LA as a setting or major theme

This list is about the best novels about Los Angeles; it answers the question, “What are the best books about LA?” This famous city is best known for Hollywood, which attracts millions of visitors each year. Tourists get to pay homage to their favorite stars and sometimes even catch a glance of some famous personalities. Hollywood’s landmarks include: the Walk of Fame (the stars on the sidewalk featuring celebrity names), the Hollywood Sign and Hollywood Bowl.Authors who are fascinated with Los Angeles write on a variety of topics, such as how cool and sleek the vibe within the famous city feels like and what kind of events happen there. Several well-known murder mysteries featuring an LA setting have been written, including James Ellroy’s “L.A. Confidential” and Nina Revoyr’s “Southland”; both novels have been turned into movies or television shows.Perhaps the most famous story with a Los Angeles setting is Raymond Chandler’s “The Big Sheep”, a crime novel that features Detective Phillip Marlowe. The story is noted for its complexity – it has many characters that double-cross each other and features many secrets that are exposed to the reader. The book was featured on “TIME’S List of the Best 100 Novels,” and was voted ninety-sixth of Le Monde's "100 Books of the Century” in 1999.

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Ask the Dust is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Ask the Dust John Fante

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The Black Ice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
The Black Ice Michael Connelly

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The Big Sleep is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler

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The Day of the Locust is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
The Day of the Locust Nathanael West

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Double indemnity is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Double indemnity James M. Cain

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Post Office is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Post Office Charles Bukowski

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The Black Echo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
The Black Echo Michael Connelly

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L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
L.A. Confidential James Ellroy

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Echo Park is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Echo Park Michael Connelly

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Inherent Vice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Inherent Vice Thomas Pynchon

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Less Than Zero is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Less Than Zero Bret Easton Ellis

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The Black Dahlia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
The Black Dahlia James Ellroy

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Play It as It Lays is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Play It as It Lays Joan Didion

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Devil in a Blue Dress is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Devil in a Blue Dress Walter Mosley

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White Oleander is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
White Oleander Janet Fitch

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Little Boy Blue is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
clash1977 added Little Boy Blue Edward Bunker

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The Barbarian Nurseries is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles

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The Lincoln Lawyer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
The Lincoln Lawyer Michael Connelly

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Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
clash1977 added Hollywood Charles Bukowski

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If He Hollers Let Him Go is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
If He Hollers Let Him Go Chester Himes

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They Shoot Horses, Don't They? is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles

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Shopgirl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Shopgirl Steve Martin

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Bad Boy Brawly Brown: An Easy ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles

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Mildred Pierce is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Mildred Pierce James M. Cain

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Southland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Southland Nina Revoyr

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Baked is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Baked Mark Haskell Smith

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Bright Shiny Morning is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles

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A Single Man is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
A Single Man Christopher Isherwood

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Golden Days is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Golden Days D. E. Stevenson, Carolyn See

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Children of Light is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Children of Light Robert Stone

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The Chinchilla Farm is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
The Chinchilla Farm Judith Freeman

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Fear of the Dark is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Fear of the Dark Walter Mosley

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This One Is Mine is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
carlybobarly added This One Is Mine Maria Semple

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Memorial is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Memorial Bruce Wagner