The “villain” in Valentino Will Die is the world’s most unlikely crime boss and a thoroughly vicious person whose philosophy of life is “get them before they get you.” I did a lot of research on crime in Hollywood in the 1920s, as you might guess, Dear Reader. There was plenty of it, and most of it was homegrown. Southern California was the land of opportunity for good guys and bad alike in the early-to-mid twentieth century.
I learned so many fascinating facts about the mob in early Hollywood that I couldn’t possibly use it all in a novel (re: the dreaded info dump that novelists try to avoid like the plague). But I couldn’t let all those fabulous stories go to waste so I wrote an article about it which came recently in Crime Spree magazine. In the 1920s the Chicago Outfit was interested in getting into the movie business. The movie business wasn’t interested in them. Click here to read all about how Hollywood out-criminaled Chicago!