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Returning to Los Angeles a few years after World War II (the setting of his last novel, The Black Dahlia ), Ellroy has come up with an ambitious, enthralling melodrama painted on a broad, dark canvas. The novel's first half interweaves two stories of lonely, driven lawmen investigating the crimes of social outcasts. In the county sheriff's office, Deputy Danny Upshaw finds that his probe of a series of homosexual murders is unleashing some frightening personal demons. Meanwhile, DA's investigator Mal Considine is assigned to infiltrate a cadre of Hollywood leftists, knowing that in the red-scare atmosphere, any hint of Communist conspiracy he uncovers will advance his career. Impressed by Upshaw's intensity, Considine decides to use him as a decoy to seduce a powerful woman nicknamed the "Red Queen," and the two cases and their implications of corruption, deceit and past violence converge explosively. At once taut and densely detailed, this is a mystery with the grim, inexorable pull of a film noir, shot through with a strictly modern dose of extreme (though not gratuitous) brutality and a very sure sense of history and characterization.
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I've just started it, but I know I will like it. Never read LA Confidential, but LOVE the movie. Read his Black Dahlia book, great, but too creepy to read again! Read morePublished 2 days ago by Victoria
If you are as tired of formulaic cop novels as I am, you will love this book. It's not a particularly easy read, but it's definitely worth the effort.Published 1 month ago by John DeGraff
Perfect title. A muddled, confusing mess. Takes forever to get there.Published 1 month ago by Funkmaster
There is nothing in the world like reading a James Ellroy novel. I've been meaning to finish the first L.A Quartet for several years now, and I am proud to say that it is done. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Benoit Lelievre
I greatly enjoyed this book. I was looking for some L.A. Noir and I found it with this book. It's quite authentic L.A. Noir fiction. I promptly began reading L.A. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ernie Graziano
Nothing will ever match "L.A. Confidential" for me - even among Ellroy's sterling oeuvre - but I love seeing the characters develop across the whole Quartet, and how... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chris Dunlap
Deputy Danny Upshaw investigates a brutal sex crime and hunts the gay middle-aged killer, not knowing that from the beginning he’s been led to implicate the wrong man. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Leonard Seet