Los Angeles is one of the best cities in the country for book fans. Even though L.A. is blessed with year round sunny weather, some of its most famous characters were at home in the night, such as Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe. Another famed hardboiled crime author was James M. Cain, who set his novels Double Indemnity and Mildred Pierce in Los Angeles. The heirs to Chandler and Cain include Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch and Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins. John Fante’s acclaimed Ask the Dust takes place in Downtown L.A.’s Bunker Hill, and was a major influence on Charles Bukowski, who lived in East Hollywood and considered L.A. his favorite subject. The annual L.A. Times Festival of Books welcomes thousands of book lovers and authors to USC for a weekend celebration of the written word.