Bad City: Peril and Power in the City of Angels

Bad City: Peril and Power in the City of Angels

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A gripping nonfiction thriller about corruption and betrayal radiating across Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles Times that reporter Paul Pringle thought should take, 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 rod 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. at its darkest, and investigative journalism at its brightest.

ISBN: 9781250824103

Published Date: October 3, 2023

Publisher: Celadon Books

Language: English

Page Count: 289

Size: 8.21" l x 5.39" w x 1.12" h