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Blood's a Rover (American Underworld Trilogy #3)

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  • Posted December 4, 2009

    It takes guts to read Ellroy.

    Blood's a Rover is a nightmare of a book but, it's worth every sleepless night. Rough stuff and worth every squeamish moment.

    Dr. Hemmingstein

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

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    Ellroy's latest concludes the hallucinatory series about the recent past

    Blood's a Rover was hard to follow until about the half way point. It is the conclusion of a trilogy that revisits the 60's and 70's with some of the characters re-appearing from the earlier novels. Ellroy said it was difficult to write. It has a hallucinatory edge, and portrays J. Hoover and Howard Hughes in an unflattering and near libelous light. There is some speculation about JFK's murder. It is a brilliant work and picks up considerable momentum at about the half way point. It gets the tone of the time, in the same way that television's Mad Men does. I have read almost everything Ellroy has written over the years--his personal story is dramatic, and the drama does not appear to be over. This is one of his best.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    He writes like no one else

    Love this author and always jump on each one. This is the last of a trilogy but i really hope Ellroy keeps writing. This one was quite good but i really think my favorite was The Cool Six Thousand, the second one.

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  • Posted October 28, 2009

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    Archie Bell and the Drells

    How do thee I kill? Let me count the ways.
    With apologies to Shakespeare I can state that in Mr. Ellroy's latest tome, men, women and chickens die in a multitude of ways. From straightforward gun shootings to drug overdoses to bizarre flesh melting in electrocutions and flame-throwing, to run of the mill knifings, bombings and more bizarre hackings by machetes and buzz saws, and culminating in voodoo druggings and mayhem while zombiefied, even "natural causes", it is all there. This is another long but stunning literary work by the author. Yes, his short action-packed phrases are there in true staccato style but a significant move back to storytelling with sprinkling of philosophical meanderings inhabit this work. Watch out for the profanity and endless negative protrayals of minorities as to race, gender and sexual preference. But it all works as a step back in time to the anxious late 1960's with Black Power, Nixon and the FBI. Oh, all our favorites are still there like Tiger Kab company, boxer Sonny Liston, actor Sal Mineo, Dracula H. Hughes, mafia capos and petty dictators like Poppa Doc Duvalier and Joaquin Balaguer. Sleeze bags of all kinds interact with our protaganists and our point of view changes chapter by chapter as the narrative relates the latest plot twist, usually somebody getting whacked. Revolution and emeralds are in the air. Yes, Mr Ellroy captures the wildness of the time and for those who remember Archie Bell and the Drells, "Tighten Up", welcome home. This is a place you have not been to since those olden days of acid tripping.

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