Synopses & Reviews
Los Angeles in the 1950s: from its fabulous mansions to its sizzling nightclubs, it is a sprawling center of corruption and dangerous passions. Now a horrific mass murder invades the bleak cityscape. And caught in the nightmare are three cops bound by honor, sin, and blood...
Ed Exley wants to eclipse his policeman father's success. Bud White watched his own mother's murder and is now a time bomb with a badge. Jack Vincennes shakes down movie stars for a scandal magazine.
From the Master of Post-Modern Crime Fiction, James Ellroy, bestselling author of The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, and My Dark Places, comes his epic masterpiece L.A. Confidential.
"[A] compelling read for the stout of heart." Publishers Weekly
"Nobody in this generation matches the breadth and depth of James Ellroy's way with noir." Detroit News
"Ellroy spares no sensibilities." Los Angeles Times
"Always a master at painting the dark portrait, Ellroy put down his broad brush for a sharp pen...He's stripped down the language to a hard, cutting tool." Associated Press
"Brutal and at the same time believable." New York Times
"An undeniably artful frenzy of violence, guilt, and unappeased self-loathing. Ellroy's crime fiction represents a high mark in the genre." New York Newsday
"Ellroy has shifted the margins...these operatic historical novels of postwar Los Angeles are evolutionary advances in crime fiction." L.A. Weekly
L.A. Confidential is epic "noir", a crime novel of astonishing detail and scope written by the bestselling author of The Black Dahlia. A horrific mass murder invades the lives of victims and victimizers on both sides of the law. And three lawmen are caught in a deadly spiral, a nightmare that tests loyalty and courage, and offers no mercy, grants no survivors.
James Ellroy, the undisputed master of crime writing, has teamed up with the Los Angeles Police Museum to present a stunning text on 1953 LA. While combing the museumandrsquo;s photo archives, Ellroy discovered that the year featured a wide array of stark and unusual imageryandmdash;and he has written 25,000 words that illuminate the crimes and law enforcement of the era. Ellroy o ffers context and layers on wild and rich atmosphereandmdash;this is the cauldron that was police work in the city of the tarnished angels more than six decades ago. More than 80 duotone photos are spread throughout the book in the manner of hard-edged police evidence.and#160;
About the Author
James Ellroy was born in 1948 in Los Angeles, the city that has served as the inspiration for his acclaimed crime novels. His L.A. Quartet novels The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz are international bestsellers. His most recent novel, American Tabloid, was Time magazine's novel of the year for 1995. His memoir, My Dark Places, was a New York Times notable book and a Time magazine best book of the year for 1996. He lives in Kansas City.