In The Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler called Downtown "the big sordid dirty city". During the booming 1920s, when the city was awash in petroleum dollars, he was a Dabney Oil Syndicate executive whose Olive street office had a view of enough tabloid-worthy mayhem to fuel a life of crime writing. Along with the crooked water schemes and oil graft, Prohibition had turned every thirsty good-time Charlie into a lawbreaker, and underworld scuzzbags morphed into slick bigger-than-life racketeers. Instead of fighting all this criminality, the LAPD decided to "manage" it and thus became corrupt.
Raymond Chandler's Crooktown