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The Darkest Glare

Nonfiction: Biography
Unabridged   11 hour(s)
Publication date: 03/23/2021

The Darkest Glare

A True Story of Murder, Blackmail, and Real Estate Greed in 1979 Los Angeles

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696604253


In The Darkest Glare, Chip Jacobs recounts a spectacular, noir-ish, true-crime saga from one of the deadliest eras in American history. You'll never gaze out windows into the dark again.

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Late-seventies Los Angeles was rampant with killers and shady characters, but all the go-getters at Space Matters saw was possibility. Richard Kasparov was handsome and charismatic; his younger associate, Jerry Schneiderman, brilliant and nerdy. When the pair hired a veteran contractor to oversee construction, the space planning firm they operated out of a hip mansion in LA's Miracle Mile district appeared poised to transform the boundless skyline into their jackpot.

After the promising team imploded, however, the orderly lines on their blueprints succumbed to treachery and secrets. To get even, one of the ex-partners launched a murder-for-profit corporation using, among other peculiar sorts, a bantam-sized epileptic with a deadeye shot. The hapless criminals required a number of attempts to execute their first target. Once they did, on a rainy night in the San Fernando Valley, the surviving founder of Space Matters was thrown into a pressure cooker existence out of a Coen Brothers movie. Threatened for money he didn't have, he donned a disguise, survived a heart-pounding encounter at the La Brea Tar Pits, and relied on an ex-Israeli mercenary for protection. In the end, he had to outfox a glowering murderer, while asking if you can ever really know anyone in a town where dirty deals send men to their graves.


"The engrossingly bizarre tale of a murder plot within Los Angeles real estate circles...An entertaining true-crime period piece built around a chillingly odd sociopathic villain." ―Kirkus Reviews

"...horrifying and hilarious." ―Publishers Weekly

Author Bio

Chip Jacobs is an award-winning author and journalist. His novel Arroyo, about Pasadena, California's mysterious Colorado Street Bridge, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and a CrimeReads most anticipated book of 2019. His other books include Strange As It Seems, Smogtown, and The People's Republic of Chemicals.