Books The Best Novels About Los Angeles  

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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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The Black Echo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Michael Connelly

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21 5
The Big Sleep is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Raymond Chandler

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Ask the Dust is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
John Fante

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The Black Ice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Michael Connelly

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Post Office is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Charles Bukowski

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12 2
The Day of the Locust is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Nathanael West

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10 2
Echo Park is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Michael Connelly

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8 1
Double indemnity is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
James M. Cain

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9 2
L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
James Ellroy

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11 5
The Black Dahlia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
James Ellroy

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8 3
Devil in a Blue Dress is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Walter Mosley

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9 5
Play It as It Lays is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Joan Didion

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7 3
Inherent Vice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Thomas Pynchon

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6 2
White Oleander is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Janet Fitch

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5 1
The Lincoln Lawyer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Michael Connelly

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8 5
Less Than Zero is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Bret Easton Ellis

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4 1
Little Boy Blue is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
clash1977 added Edward Bunker

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4 1
The Barbarian Nurseries is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles

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If He Hollers Let Him Go is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Chester Himes

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2 1
Southland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Nina Revoyr

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2 1
Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
clash1977 added Charles Bukowski

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2 1
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles

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3 3
Shopgirl is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Steve Martin

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3 3
Bad Boy Brawly Brown: An Easy ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles

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3 3
Mildred Pierce is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
James M. Cain

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1 1
Bright Shiny Morning is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles

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1 1
A Single Man is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Christopher Isherwood

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1 1
Golden Days is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
D. E. Stevenson, Carolyn See

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1 1
This One Is Mine is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
carlybobarly added Maria Semple

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Baked is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Mark Haskell Smith

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Children of Light is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Robert Stone

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The Chinchilla Farm is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Judith Freeman

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0 1
Fear of the Dark is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Walter Mosley

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