Best L.A. Novel Ever: The Sweet Sixteen
*Read all of first-round matchups in the Best L.A. Novel Ever tournament.
You know a tournament is full of heavyweights when Raymond Chandler can't make it out of Round 1.
We read Evelyn Waugh and James M. Cain. We plowed through Dominick Dunne and gave the unjustly neglected Kate Braverman a chance. We learned What Makes Sammy Run and finally figured out why They Shoot Horses, Don't They?.
It's taken us four months, but we finally finished the first round of our tournament seeking the Best L.A. Novel Ever. There were some major upsets: Managing Editor Jill Stewart declared that Michael Connelly's Black Echo is better than Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep. Sacrebleu! F. Scott Fitzgerald got knocked out in Round 1. So did T. Coraghessan Boyle, John Gregory Dunne and Charles Bukowski.
All the action continues next week, when we'll attempt the impossible and choose a winner between The Loved One and Play It As It Lays. 'Til then, here are the updated brackets -- let us know in the comments section your prediction for the book that'll go all the way.
And make sure to check out any match-ups you've missed; we've provided a complete list below.
The Hollywood Region
The Rebels & Outcasts Region
The Lost Souls Region
The Noir Region
Round 1 match-ups:
The Last Tycoon vs. The Loved One
REBELS & OUTCASTS
Oil! vs. The Revolt of the Cockroach People
Empty the Sun vs. Golden Days