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Smoke Over Malibu by Tim Walker review – hardboiled hilarity

 ‘LA is a secret city’ … Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. Photograph: Alamy
‘LA is a secret city’ … Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. Photograph: Alamy

He not only works in antiques but, by LA standards, lives in one: a “one-bedroom guest cottage behind a restored jigsaw gothic in Angelino Heights. The big house is as venerable as they come in southern California.” Kluge is a man out of time: he writes cheques and refuses to own a smartphone. When his house clearance partner asks him, “C’mon, you never heard of Bacon Ninja? It was like No 1 in the iTunes store for, like, six months,” Kluge replies: “Raul, I barely even know what that means.” He saves his biggest ire, however, for comic books – which he blames for ruining Hollywood.

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