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Ellroy himself was traumatized as a boy by his party-animal mother's murder. (See his memoir My Dark Places for the whole sordid story.) So it is clear that Bud is partly autobiographical. But Exley, whose shiny reputation conceals a dark secret, and Vincennes, who goes showbiz with a vengeance, reflect parts of Ellroy, too.
L.A. Confidential holds enough plots for two or three books: the cops chase stolen gangland heroin through a landscape littered with not-always-innocent corpses while succumbing to sexy sirens who have been surgically resculpted to resemble movie stars; a vile developer--based (unfairly) on Walt Disney-- schemes to make big bucks off Moochie Mouse; and the cops compete with the crooks to see who can be more corrupt and violent. Ellroy's hardboiled prose is so compressed that some of his rat-a-tat paragraphs are hard to follow. You have to read with attention as intense as hisand that is very intense indeed. But he richly rewards the effort. He may not be as deep and literary as Chandler, but he belongs on the same top-level shelf.
Truth mixed with fiction. Suppose you had to be there to really tell. I was - but now I know why my dad took us to Hollywood Stars games at Gilmore instead of Wrigley. Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Owen A. Kearns
Los Angeles late 50s early 60s quasi historical Noir ....Extremely entertainingPublished 22 days ago by math_guy51
More corrupted cops, conniving DAs, ruthless gangsters, psychopathic killers. Less truth and even less justice in the City of the Angels. Welcome to the world of James Ellroy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Leonard Seet
There are way too many characters to keep track of and of their crossing paths and plots and schemes. The story line moves forward in crawls and leaps. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Midnight Oil
The movie is better, one of the best. However, the book is good, if you like the way James Ellroy writes, like a '50's tough guy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Peter Solari Photo