In those gritty Raymond Chandler detective novels, with the cynical private eye who turns out to be the only one who seems to have a solid sense of right and wrong – always played by Humphry Bogart in the screen adaptations – Santa Monica is Chandler's Bay City. Even the sunshine is dark there, but that was long ago. Santa Monica is now bright new condos and giant new houses, where everything is cutting-edge trendy. Only the young and rich live there now. But there are small...
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