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The Vicodin Thieves: Biopsying L.A.'s Grifters, Gloryhounds, and Goliaths Paperback – April 23, 2013
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"Chip Jacobs' eye on the sad, seamy and scandalous nether pockets of the Los Angeles region is one of the keenest I've ever experienced in decades of reading about my native city. THE VICODIN THIEVES could be the New Journalism lovechild of the works of Tom Wolfe and Joan Didion; it's every bit as sociologically expansive as it is all-too-human. A must-read for anyone who wants his or her LA-centric bookshelf or Kindle to be considered complete!" - David Kukoff, author of Children of the Canyon
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The Vicodin Thieveswhich draws its title from pharmaceutical poachers who raid medicine cabinets during real estate open housesincludes expanded pieces on a high flying smog emissions broker who fell in with shadowy, ex-CIA and military-intelligence operatives to "repatriate" forgotten U.S. government aid from around the globe, and the unsolved, execution-style murder of one of America's most electrifying young mayors blocks from his childhood home.
Two new stories grace this compendium, too. One explores the inspiring life and horrendous killing of an early Universal Pictures prodigy (the author's great uncle, Nat Ross) by a sociopath who'd die in the San Quentin Gas Chamber. The other is about a pair of photographs of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. probably captured hours before he was assassinated in the kitchen of Los Angeles' old Ambassador Hotel. Few outside of Kennedyphiles know how close he came to not being there the night America's trajectory changed forever, or the cursed Hollywood connection to RFK's last days.