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Death in Paradise: An Illustrated History of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner

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Unnatural celebrity deaths and unnaturally celebrated murders pockmark the history of Los Angeles, looming as large in the public imagination as the Hollywood stars themselves. Death in Paradise is the first authorized history of Los Angeles by way of its coroner's office, revisiting important or high-profile cases that remain shrouded in mystery.With many never-before-pub ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Stoddart
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Andres
Aug 12, 2012 Andres rated it it was ok
It's an interesting peek at the Los Angeles County Coroner's office but that's all it really is: a peek. The prose is sometimes as purple as an ugly bruise and the facts that are imparted are thumbnail sketches in length and depth.

Published in 1998, this book is a somewhat interesting gander at what exactly a coroner does, and what cases specifically the Los Angeles County office has dealt with. Unfortunately half the book covers the celebrity cases and while they might be interesting, they're..
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Loren
May 15, 2011 Loren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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What an odd little book this is. While it purports to be a history of the LA Coroner, it focuses a large portion of its attention (84 pages of its 192) on the Department’s “Star-Studded Caseload.” Some of the details are juicy (although the coroner went over Marilyn Monroe’s body with a magnifying glass—just imagine—he found no needle marks), but the number of unsolved or disputed cases detailed in the book casts an astoundingly unflattering light on our purported subject. For instance, the coro ...more
Valerie
Mar 04, 2008 Valerie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Death in Paradise: An Illustrated History of the Los Angeles County Department of the Coroner by Tony Blanche and Brad Schreiber

With the cover's dramatic black-and-white photograph of a toe tag, stamped over with a bloody red blotch that proclaims in block black letters, "As seen on Entertainment Tonight," you'd think this was nothing but a gossipy tome full of The Grisly Details of The Deaths Of Hollywood (gasp)! But it is actually quite more
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Tanya
Jul 09, 2012 Tanya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition


I agree that this book could have been a lot more. I did enjoy some little details that I had never heard of in some of the famous deaths. It was a quick read and not overly gruesome. Some photos might be tough for the squeamish.
noelle
death in paradise is unfortunately way too short at 192 pages and i think more than anything this has inspired me to dig out my copy of the hollywood book of death.
Rae
This could have been so much more...interesting photographs but not much in the way of content.
Sue
Sep 02, 2013 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nice, very nice.
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