Tony Cornero and the Notorious Gambling Ships of Southern California
by Ernest Marquez
Cornero’s story is filled with every tantalizing tidbit of the era. The law’s conquest of Cornero and the gambling ships helped to jump-start the career of Earl Warren from California attorney general to governor to Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Glitz, gangsters, and under-the-table politics—it’s all here in the book that represents thirty years of research by best-selling Southern California author Ernest Marquez, whose unparalleled collection of images and memorabilia is showcased in Noir Afloat.
Ernest Marquez was born and grew up in Santa Monica Canyon on what remains of Rancho Boca de Santa Monica, the Mexican land grant awarded to his great-grandfathers in 1839. His research for Noir Afloat was an extension of his groundbreaking work for his bestselling book, Santa Monica Beach. While exhaustively researching primary sources, he began collecting original photographs, stereoviews and memorabilia, which have since become respected as the Ernest Marquez Collection.