Peril and Power in the City of Angels
by Paul Pringle
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Pub Date 19 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 31 Oct 2022
For fans of Spotlight and Catch and Kill comes a nonfiction thriller about corruption and betrayal radiating across Los Angeles from one of the region's most powerful institutions, a riveting tale from a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist who investigated the shocking events and helped bring justice in the face of formidable odds.
On a cool, overcast afternoon in April 2016, a salacious tip arrived at the L.A. Times that reporter Paul Pringle thought should have taken, at most, a few weeks to check out: a drug overdose at a fancy hotel involving one of the University of Southern California’s shiniest stars—Dr. Carmen Puliafito, the head of the prestigious medical school. Pringle, who’d long done battle with USC and its almost impenetrable culture of silence, knew reporting the story wouldn’t be a walk in the park. USC is one of the biggest employers in L.A., and it casts a long shadow.
But what he couldn’t have foreseen was that this tip would lead to the unveiling of not one major scandal at USC but two, wrapped in a web of crimes and cover-ups. The rot rooted out by Pringle and his colleagues at The Times would creep closer to home than they could have imagined—spilling into their own newsroom.
Packed with details never before disclosed, Pringle goes behind the scenes to reveal how he and his fellow reporters triumphed over the city’s debased institutions, in a narrative that reads like L.A. noir. This is L.A. at its darkest and investigative journalism at its brightest.
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“Paul Pringle’s Bad City is an earth-shattering tale of appalling institutional corruption—and the inspiring reporters who overcame shocking obstacles to bring the truth to light.”
—Robert Kolker, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Hidden Valley Road and Lost Girls
“A Los Angeles noir caper come to life, Bad City grabs you from the very first sentence and doesn’t let go. A remarkable reporting achievement.”
—Chris Hayes, host of All In with Chris Hayes and New York Times bestselling author of A Colony in a Nation
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This chapter sampler of Bad City was great! Bad City is about corruption in Los Angeles, and I cannot wait to read the full book! Pringle's writing is thrilling and fast-paced; I could barely believe I was reading non-fiction! The description of Dr. Puliafito, a dean at USC, was shocking and (not) at the same time..
Being a fan of Spotlight and true crime stories, I just knew I would enjoy this chapter excerpt. The excerpt did not disappoint.
I just can't imagine that Bad City is a work of non-fiction as it reads like a fiction novel. Further, I just can't believe that those incidents mentioned actually took place. It's such an eye opener when corruption is revealed at establishments that you know and blindly trust.
The author did an excellent job of describing the events that led up to his investigative reporting. It will be interesting to read how, if any, the so called pillars of the city/community get taken down and exposed for their corruption. Five stars.
I received a digital chapter excerpt from Celadon Books through NetGalley. The review herein is completely my own and contains my honest thoughts and opinions.