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Book Title: Clandestino|
The author of the book: James Ellroy
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 954 KB
Edition: Ediciones B
Date of issue: October 1st 2013
ISBN 13: 9788498727500
Read full description of the books Clandestino:A cracking piece of crime fiction and an early and personal novel from Ellroy after the slaying of his own mother. Here in 50's Los Angles ambitious rookie cop Fred Underhill (who is also too cocky and smug for his own good) tackles a murder case involving a strangled female to try and get a name for himself so he is catapulted up through the ranks, the woman in question was a lonely dame he had recently picked up in bar and spent the night with. Eventually this would lead him to team up with the fearsome and psychotic Lieutenant Dudley Smith (his first outing for Ellroy) but things don't go to plan and in the end he is forced to stand down. A few years later another killing similar to the one before and this lingers in his mind and stays there, once a cop always a cop and it's not long before he starts up another investigation on his own which will send him on a journey of obsession into the dark underbelly of Tinseltown and beyond to seek justice and the truth regardless of where this will leave him. And it's from the mid-point onwards that Ellroy's talent really shines through with a dark, complex and enthralling plot he perfectly captures both place and time. A love story, multi-layered characters, twists and turns, plenty of leads and suspects to send your brain into a frenzy make up a great hard as nails noir thriller!.
This would go on and set up the scene for his now legendary 'LA Quartet' of which I would say there are more similarities with ' The Black Dahlia' and especially 'The Big Nowhere' (my personal
favorite) although this was more rougher around the edges and easier to read because the cop slang dialogue of his later work was not present, so unless you were hanging around with cops in downtown LA back in the 50's this works well and is understandable...at least to some degree anyway. As for James Ellroy he is master of the crime genre, and is set apart from everybody else because of his ability to go that extra mile. This would be a great introduction to Ellroy for those who have never read him.
Read information about the authorJames Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His L.A. Quartet novels—The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz—were international best sellers. His novel American Tabloid was Time magazine’s Best Book (fiction) of 1995; his memoir, My Dark Places, was a Time Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book for 1996. His novel The Cold Six Thousand was a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book for 2001. Ellroy lives in Los Angeles.
Ellroy is known for a "telegraphic" writing style, which omits words other writers would consider necessary, and often features sentence fragments. His books are noted for their dark humor and depiction of American authoritarianism. Other hallmarks of his work include dense plotting and a relentlessly pessimistic worldview. Ellroy has been called the "Demon Dog of American crime fiction."
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