Culture 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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22 5
The Big Sleep is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Raymond Chandler

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18 3
Ask the Dust is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
John Fante

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11 1
The Black Ice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Michael Connelly

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11 2
Echo Park is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Michael Connelly

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12 3
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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8 1
Double indemnity is listed (or ranked) 7 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) 8 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
James Ellroy

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10 3
Devil in a Blue Dress is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Walter Mosley

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7 1
Post Office is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Charles Bukowski

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

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6 1
The Lincoln Lawyer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Michael Connelly

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10 5
Play It as It Lays is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Joan Didion

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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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8 5
Less Than Zero is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Bret Easton Ellis

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7 4
Inherent Vice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Thomas Pynchon

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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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5 3
Bad Boy Brawly Brown: An Easy ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles

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3 1
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles

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3 1
Southland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Nina Revoyr

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3 1
A Single Man is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Christopher Isherwood

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3 1
If He Hollers Let Him Go is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Chester Himes

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2 0
The Loved One is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
Fnarf added Evelyn Waugh

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4 3
Mildred Pierce is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels About Los Angeles
James M. Cain