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Chip Jacobs

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Chip Jacobs is a bestselling author and journalist. His most recent book is "The Darkest Glare: A True Story of Murder, Blackmail and Real Estate Greed in 1979 Los Angeles," a Kafka-esque, true-crime tale that Kirkus Review praised as ""engrossingly bizarre" and "entertaining." His other works include the Los Angeles Times-bestselling "Arroyo," historical fiction set around construction of Pasadena, California's mysterious Colorado Street Bridge; "Strange As It Seems: the Impossible Life of Gordon Zahler," an Indies Book of the Year Finalist (biography); the environmental social histories "The People's Republic of Chemicals" and the international bestselling "Smogtown: the Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles," and; the articles ...more

The Boom that Blew the Petals off the Rose City

Square-jawed and persuasive, developer E.C. Webster, it was said, could’ve sold plots on Mars for a profit. Luckily there was Pasadena of the late-1880s, where Webster’s knack for acquiring properties at “shoestring prices” before reselling them for nifty gains made him a legend.

The dealmaker behind the Hotel Green, the Grand Opera House, and Raymond Avenue’s opening typified a boomtown spirit cha

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"Arroyo is a little bit of historical fiction, a little bit reincarnation and pure escapism. Ostrich race anyone? I did begin to wonder what I had let myself in for when I started reading this novel. But it turns out ostrich racing is a thing and how " Read more of this review »
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"This true crime drama is beyond bizarre! It takes place in 1970s Los Angeles involving a real estate partnership (main characters Richard, Jerry, and Howard) that goes wrong, horribly wrong. There are plenty of plot twists, foiled murder attempts, an" Read more of this review »
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