By James McKimmey
James McKimmey's Cornered! is as hardboiled as they arrive. It has an charisma of evil and desperation that lends it a noirish appeal.
After giving incriminating testimony opposed to a gangster in a homicide trial, a tender lady alterations her identify, dyes her hair, and runs for her lifestyles. She is permitted right into a small neighborhood and marries, and it appears like she has escaped vengeance, yet below the blanketing snow of a midwestern snowstorm a annoying human hurricane is brewing. The quiet of the city is disrupted through a dangerous shootout, and a determined killer stalks the girl liable for placing his brother on loss of life row. because the tale progresses, a disparate crew of characters converge in a fateful confluence that would switch their lives.
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Just north of Chinatown was the predominantly Mexican part of the city known as Sonoratown. There women in negligees lolled casually in the open windows of “disorderly houses,” advertising their availability. According to the Los Angeles Record, a hundred known disorderly houses operated in the general vicinity of downtown. The citywide brothel count was 355—and growing fast. ) That was just the high-end prostitution. Streetwalkers offered themselves on Main Street, a thriving but seedy neighborhood of taxi dance halls (so named because a dancing partner could be hired like a taxi for a short period of time), burlesque shows, and “blind pigs” (where a shot of whiskey went for ten cents a gulp).
William H. A. P. Epilogue Acknowledgments Notes Select Bibliography Credits Prologue OTHER CITIES have histories. Los Angeles has legends. Advertised to the world as the Eden at the end of the western frontier, the settlement the Spaniards named El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles turned out to be something very different—not the beatific Our Lady the Queen of the Angels advertised by its name but rather a dark, dangerous blonde. She got up slowly and swayed towards me in a tight black dress that didn’t reflect any light.
But in order to thrive as a crime lord in Los Angeles, Mickey needed a friendly—or at least tolerant—chief of police in office. For the moment, that was impossible. In the wake of Chief Horrall’s ouster, Mayor Bowron had appointed, on an emergency basis, a no-nonsense former Marine general named William Worton to run the department. One of Worton’s first acts was to reconstitute the LAPD’s intelligence division. Its top target: Mickey Cohen. Fortunately for Cohen, Worton was only a temporary appointment; civil service rules required the Police Commission to hire from within the department.