Daniel Day Lewis
'A Bright and Guilty Place' by Richard Rayner

A Bright and Guilty PlaceMurder, Corruption, andL.A.'s Scandalous Coming of AgeRichard RaynerDoubleday: 270 pp., $25Everything has its counterpart. For every piece of matter there is a like piece of antimatter, for every movie star there is or will be a like TV star. For every Steve McQueen a Lee Majors, for every Marlon Brando an Arthur Fonzarelli. (These facts have been established.)In his brilliant new book, "A Bright and Guilty Place," Richard Rayner has given us, finally and definitively, the nonfiction equivalent of the Raymond Chandler classics that fell like hammer blows in the middle of last century: "Farewell, My Lovely," "The Long Goodbye," "The Big Sleep." Chandler...