L.A. Despair by John Gilmore
A Landscape of Crimes & Bad Times

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Legendary noir author John Gilmore takes the reader on a mad, tumultuous all-night drive without remorse or pity, the high and low life of Hollywood and the City of Angels. This is the true-crime capstone to a celebrated collection of works, a blood-and-semen-soaked noir trail of all-night diners, nightclubs and cheap motels. Gilmore delivers a relentless panorama of sex, violence and death in five raw chronicles of SoCal sickness:

• Porn legend John Holmes and untouchable LA crime and drug impresario Eddie Nash—the unvarnished story of the sex-and-coke-laced Wonderland murders.
• Hollywood’s fallen angel Barbara Payton—hell-bent on descending from Movie Star Sexpot to the gutters of Heartbreak and Vine.
• From gorgeous jailbait Sunset Boulevard hooker to San Quentin’s gas chamber—the saga of the infamous “Ice Blonde” murderess Barbara Graham.
• Highway hitchhike-killer Billy Cook unleashes his remorseless hate for the whole human race in one of the 20th century’s most grisly crimes.
• “King of Western Swing” and early TV “Fiddlin’ Cowboy” icon Spade Cooley rides a nightmare trail of madness, paranoia and murder.

“John Gilmore is one of America’s natural-born gifts to literature. His books aren’t just inspiring and wicked by-products of genius: they’re miracles. . . . He’s the best ever.” — Gary Indiana

About John Gilmore

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JOHN GILMORE teaches history at the Centre for Caribbean Studies at the University of Warwick in Coventry, Warwickshire, UK.
Published May 1, 2011 by Amok Books. 339 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crime, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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