Los Angeles is the canvas used by Raymond Chandler and Nathanael West, James Ellroy and Joseph Wambaugh, Michael Connelly and Robert Crais as the backdrop for their stories of cops and robbers, gumshoes and vagrants, the lost and the lonely, the starry-eyed dreamers searching for better lives.But nobody has quite written about Los Angeles the way Richard Lange does in his short-story collection, "Dead Boys." His characters are all hewn from the same material, these thirtyish, troubled men. They hang on to the ledges of their lives by fingertip, as if they are suicidal jumpers who changed their minds with one foot in mid-air.
Short Stories Show Men Teetering On the Brink
Lange, who has lived in L.A. since he came to study film at the University of Southern California 25 years ago, knows the origin of each and every one of these wobbly, uncertain fellows."I like to say that the stories are like...