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The Cold Six Thousand (American Underworld Trilogy #2)

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

The book braced me. The book made me geeze. I couldn't put it down...

Cold Six Thousand was given to me as a Father's Day gift in 2003. As I fought my way through the first fifty pages, I thought, 'what the hell is this??' All of a sudden I fell in love with Big Barb (like all the other guys) and didn't put it down for the next ten hours....
Cold Six Thousand was given to me as a Father's Day gift in 2003. As I fought my way through the first fifty pages, I thought, 'what the hell is this??' All of a sudden I fell in love with Big Barb (like all the other guys) and didn't put it down for the next ten hours. In the year since, I've read five more of Ellroy's works, this one a second time (regardless of what anyone tells you, read American Tabloid first, then this) and have become an unabashed fan. The characters are some of the most despicable, heartless individuals you have ever met - but you end up caring about them. After leading the lives they do, Wayne, Pete and Ward resolve things the only way they know how, in the extereme. It's a rough ride through the turbulent politics of the Sixties - one you should defiitely take.

posted by Anonymous on June 1, 2003

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing

I am a big fan of thrillers--like John Sandford, Kellerman, Reginald Hill. But I just didn't like the tone of this book at all.

posted by 2063332 on October 16, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2009

    Disappointing

    I am a big fan of thrillers--like John Sandford, Kellerman, Reginald Hill. But I just didn't like the tone of this book at all.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    i hated every page, and i like james ellroy.  so hard to read.  

    i hated every page, and i like james ellroy.  so hard to read.  so glad it's done.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2003

    Disappointing

    I've read several of Ellroy's books, including My Dark Places, the Black Dahlia, and my absolute favorite LA Confidential. The Cold Six Thousand was a huge disappointment. The overlapping and myriad story lines and the fragmented prose, which are Ellroy's trademark, stymie rather than entertain. In previous books, the characters' violence, racism, and general soullessness were essential; in Six Thousand, the progressive escalation of killing, racist language, and heartlessness felt gratuitous, and formulaic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2002

    Did You People Really Read This 'Book'?

    I am amazed by the foregoing reviews and ratings. This is a good story, by a good author (I hear), but this is a book that should never have been published without major editing. His writing style is not Hemingwayesque; it's more DickandJaneesque, and it is very hard to read in that style, which adds NOTHING to the story. Enough with the three and four word sentences. Tell the story; my eyeballs nearly exploded from all the forced and unnatural stops. Do people think they have to be nice about the book because he has written good ones before. A. A. Knopf needs to hire editors, and they need to EDIT Mr. Ellroy.

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