Spooked by the specter of the year-end tax cuts' demise? Cheer up, because it was once much worse.
The book "L.A. Noir" by John Buntin offers a true story of mobsters and their tax problems coupled with the explosive growth of California during the '50s and '60s. The epic battle between gangster Mickey Cohen and a newly reformed Los Angeles police force involved hit-men who, in those days, murdered with impunity and rarely spent much time in jail because, as law enforcement saw it, "they were just killing each other."