Hard boiled hollywood crime and punishment in postwar los angeles by jon lewis the tragic and mysterious circumstances surrounding the deaths of elizabeth short or the black dahlia and marilyn monroe ripped open hollywoods glitzy faade exposing the citys ugly underbelly of corruption crime and murder. Hard boiled hollywood crime and punishment in postwar los angeles first edition by jon lewis author visit amazons jon lewis page find all the books read about the author and more see search results for this author are you an author . Hard boiled hollywood deals in things that have become clichs hollywood is success and tragedy in equal measure its stars likewise the place fantasy as much as reality hollywood is success and tragedy in equal measure its stars likewise the place fantasy as much as reality. Hard boiled hollywood focuses on the lives lost at the crossroads between a dreamed of los angeles and the real thing after the second world war jon lewis is the distinguished professor of film studies and university honors college eminent professor at oregon state university. Former cinema journal editor jon lewiss new book hard boiled hollywood is set against this same backdrop what he calls the real estate of crime the authors methodology differs significantly from that of ellroy and de palma hes a historian rather than an entertainer
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