L.A. fiction is a virtual GPS tour through the city’s vanished past. Authors such as Nathanael West and Joan Didion have made forgotten movie sets, bars and crime scenes permanent fixtures on the city’s literary landscape.
The famous Hollywood sign overlooking the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles. With its endless supply of material, Los Angeles has always attracted writers. Not even Washington offers a comparable mix of power, money, sex and violence, or as many strange characters in search of an author. Bret Hartman/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST Buy Photo