The Darkest Glare: A True Story of Murder, Blackmail, and Real Estate Greed in 1979 Los Angeles


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$18.00  $16.74
Rare Bird Books
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5.5 X 8.4 X 1.0 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Chip Jacobs is an award-winning author and journalist. His novel, Arroyo, about Pasadena, California's mysterious Colorado Street Bridge, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller, CrimeReads most anticipated book. His other books include Strange As It Seems: The Impossible Life of Gordon Zahler, the bestselling Smogtown: The Lung-Burning History of Pollution and its sequel about China, The People's Republic of Chemicals, the latter two with William J. Kelly. His writing and subjects have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Marketplace, Slate, C-SPAN, LA Weekly, CNN, and elsewhere. Jacobs, a graduate of the University of Southern California, is at work on his follow up novel, and several non-fiction projects.


"Jacobs' The Darkest Glare lays out the wild, frankly-too-bizarre-to-summarize-accurately history of a real estate team that turned to contract executions in 1970s Los Angeles. All the quintessential Southern California noir strands are there: land use, building firms, business partnerships gone sour, entrepreneurs on the hustle, and a team of would-be criminals straight out of an Elmore Leonard side adventure. Jacobs handles it all with flair, telling a story full of over-the-top characters with skill and subtlety."
--Crime Reads

"The engrossingly bizarre tale of a murder plot within Los Angeles real estate circles...An entertaining true-crime period piece built around a chillingly odd sociopathic villain."
--Kirkus Reviews

"...horrifying and hilarious."
--Publishers Weekly

"Jacobs' chops are on brilliant display in The Darkest Glare, a delightfully off-kilter true-crime tale. The prose is intimate, darkly funny, and crisp. This isn't an old song in a new key, but an entirely new song about crime, fear, and a weird kind of redemption that could only happen in the general vicinity of Hollywood."
--Ron Franscell, bestselling author of The Darkest Glare

"This is not just another Hollywood Whodunit. In the end we find it is really about one man's search and struggle to find his own personal truths and redemption. Well written and highly recommended."
--Steve Hodel, bestselling author of Black Dahlia Avenger

Praise for Chip Jacobs
"A riveting and enjoyable book at how local myths are constructed, and a vivid depiction of a time and a place that felt full of possibilities."

"A completely original and genre-defying work--both historical novel and metaphysical noir. The author has caught the bras ring and given it to us as pure gold."
--Tristine Rainer, author of Apprenticed to Venus, My Years with Anaïs Nin