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Rayner, Richard 1955-

Overview
Works: 36 works in 169 publications in 11 languages and 4,876 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Gangster films  Film adaptations  Biography  History  Graphic novels  Comic books, strips, etc  Historical fiction  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Scenarist, Illustrator, Creator
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by Richard Rayner
The cloud sketcher : a novel by Richard Rayner( Book )

29 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in 7 languages and held by 896 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the ice fields of rural Finland to the ruthless world of New York real-estate speculation, the life of architect Esko Vaananen offers an evocation of the turbulent Jazz Age and a tragic romance
A bright and guilty place : murder, corruption, and L.A.'s scandalous coming of age by Richard Rayner( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a captivating chronicle of how the city of Angels lost its soul. In the 1920s Los Angeles was the fastest growing city in the world, mad with oil fever, get-rich-quick schemes, celebrity scandals, and religious fervor. It was also rife with organized crime, with a mayor in the pocket of the syndicates and a DA taking bribes to throw trials. In A Bright and Guilty Place, Richard Rayner narrates the entwined lives of two men, Dave Clark and Leslie White, who were caught up in the crimes, murders, and swindles of the day. Over a few transformative years, as the boom times shaded into the Depression, the adventures of Clark and White would inspire pulp fiction and replace LA's reckless optimism with the new cynicism. Together, theirs is the tale of how the city of sunshine got noir. When A Bright and Guilty Place begins, Leslie White is a naive young photographer who lands a job as a crime-scene investigator in the LA District Attorney's office. There he meets Dave Clark, a young, movie-star-handsome lawyer and a rising-star prosecutor with big ambitions. The cases they tried were some of the first "trials of the century," featuring dark-hearted oil barons, sexually perverse starlets, and hookers with hearts of gold. Los Angeles was in the grip of organized crime, and White was dismayed to see that only the innocent paid while the powerful walked free. But Clark was entranced by LA's dangerous lures and lived the high life: marrying a beautiful woman, wearing custom-made suits, yachting with the rich and powerful, and jaunting off to Mexico for gambling and girls. In a shocking twist, when Charlie Crawford, the Al Capone of LA, was found dead, the chief suspect was none other than golden boy Dave Clark. A Bright and Guilty Place is narrative nonfiction at its most gripping. Key to the tale are the story of the theft of the water from the Owens River Valley that let LA grow; the Teapot Dome scandal, which brought shame to President Harding; and the emergence of crime writers like Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain, who helped mythologize LA. In Rayner's hands, the ballad of Dave Clark is the story of the coming of age of a great American city. - Jacket flap
The associates : four capitalists who created California by Richard Rayner( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One hundred and forty years ago, four men rose from their position as middle-class merchants to become robber barons and, in the end, civilization-creating philanthropists. Their names were Collis Huntington, Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker, and Mark Hopkins, and they were known as "The Big Four," or "The Associates." Their moneymaker was the building of the transcontinental railroad, but what stands out in their story is how smarts, rapacity, and sheer luck characterized the dizzy growth of California. Buccaneers of the untrammeled capitalism of the Gilded Age, the four nevertheless left behind a legacy of philanthropy and cultural institutions that has made California the capital of the American West. Having written about confidence artists in earlier books, author Rayner has a knack for detecting the fraudulence that so often lurks behind business success. This is a fresh retelling of a quintessentially American story.--From publisher description
The devil's wind : a novel by Richard Rayner( Book )

18 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Working as an architect during the growth boom of McCarthy-era Las Vegas, Maurice Valentine is seduced by the beautiful Mallory Walker and fears that she may be using him to get close to a powerful mobster
Murder book by Richard Rayner( Book )

15 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A drug dealer offers Los Angeles policeman Billy McGrath a million dollars to catch his mother's killer. McGrath accepts the money to finance himself as a self-appointed avenger of criminals who escaped punishment. A bad decision
Drake's fortune : the fabulous true story of the world's greatest confidence artist by Richard Rayner( Book )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Retraces the steps of Oscar Hartzell, the nation's most successful con artist, who swindled thousands of people during the 1920s and 1930s with an amazing series of get-rich-quick schemes and scams until his conviction in 1933
The elephant by Richard Rayner( Book )

9 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Italian and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Los Angeles without a map by Richard Rayner( Book )

12 editions published between 1988 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een Engelsman wordt in Los Angeles overrompeld door deze stad en een vrouwelijke ingezetene daarvan
The cloud sketcher by Richard Rayner( Recording )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A passionate tale of love, war and art that ranges from the icefields of the Arctic Circle at the dawn of the last century to the ruthless world of 1920's New York
A bright and guilty place : murder in L.A. by Richard Rayner( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the roaring twenties Los Angeles was the fastest growing city in the world, mad with oil fever, get-rich-quick schemes, celebrity scandals, and religious fervor. It was also rife with organized crime, with a mayor in the pocket of the syndicates and a DA taking bribes to throw trials. In A Bright and Guilty Place, Richard Rayner narrates the entwined lives of two men, Dave Clark and Leslie White, who were caught up in the crimes, murders, and swindles of the day. Over a few transformative years, as the boom times shaded into the Depression, the adventures of Clark and White would inspire pu
Road to Perdition by DreamWorks Animation( Visual )

3 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michael Sullivan works as an enforcer for his adopted father, Irish gangster John Rooney. When Sullivan's son, Mike Jr., witnesses one of his father's killings on Rooney's behalf, the gangster decides that his ward and his family are liabilities that must be removed. Sullivan tries to safeguard his son and get even with the man who betrayed him, while his son focuses on bonding with his emotionally distant father
The blue suit by Richard Rayner( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I love L.A by Mika Kaurismäki( Visual )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in French and English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Bradford, ville industrielle du Yorkshire, Richard a hérité de l'entreprise de pompes funèbres familiale. Lors d'un enterrement, son regard croise celui d'une jeune fille de rêve. C'est Barbara, californienne, jeune actrice sublime comme il n'en existe qu'à Los Angeles. Richard plaque tout pour la retrouver. Il traverse l'Atlantique à la poursuite de l'amour et d'une carrière de scénariste
Camino a la perdición by Max Allan Collins( Book )

3 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in Spanish and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les sentiers de la perdition by Max Allan Collins( Book )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in French and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dans le Chicago des années 30, Michael O'Sullivan est un des hommes de main d'Al Capone. Mais son jeune fils est témoin d'un règlement de comptes
Les sentiers de la perdition by Sam Mendes( Visual )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in French and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En Los Angeles sin un plano by Richard Rayner( Book )

2 editions published in 1990 in Spanish and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El tesoro de Drake by Richard Rayner( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in Spanish and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Road to perdition by Max Allan Collins( Book )

2 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in German and English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rock Island, Illinois, 1929. Michael O'Sullivan is a good father and a family man-- and also the chief enforcer for John Looney, the town's Irish Godfather of crime. As Looney's "Angel of Death," O'Sullivan has done the bidding of Chicago gangsters Al Capone and Frank Nitti as well-- but when a gangland execution spells tragedy for the O'Sullivan family, a grieving father and his adolescent son find themselves on a winding road of treachery, revenge, and revelation
Cehennem yolu by Max Allan Collins( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in Turkish and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The cloud sketcher : a novel
Alternative Names
Rayner, Richard

Rayner, Richard P.

Rayner, Richard Piers.

Rayner Richard Piers 1955-....

Richard Rayner British writer

Richard Rayner Brits schrijver van misdaadromans

Ричард Рэйнер

レイナー, リチャード

Languages
English (102)

French (17)

German (11)

Spanish (8)

Polish (6)

Finnish (4)

Japanese (2)

Italian (2)

Dutch (2)

Turkish (1)

Czech (1)

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A bright and guilty place : murder, corruption, and L.A.'s scandalous coming of ageThe associates : four capitalists who created CaliforniaThe devil's wind : a novelMurder bookDrake's fortune : the fabulous true story of the world's greatest confidence artistThe elephantLos Angeles without a mapThe cloud sketcher