Because the Night (Lloyd Hopkins Trilogy #2)

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A botched liquor store heist leaves three grisly dead. A hero cop is missing. Nobody could see a pattern in these two stray bits of information–no one except Detective Sergeant Lloyd Hopkins, a brilliant and disturbed L.A. cop with an obsessive desire to protect the innocent. To him they lead to one horrifying conclusion--a killer is on the loose and preying on his city. From the master of L.A. noir comes this beautiful and brutal tale of a cop and a criminal squared off in a ...
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Overview

A botched liquor store heist leaves three grisly dead. A hero cop is missing. Nobody could see a pattern in these two stray bits of information–no one except Detective Sergeant Lloyd Hopkins, a brilliant and disturbed L.A. cop with an obsessive desire to protect the innocent. To him they lead to one horrifying conclusion--a killer is on the loose and preying on his city. From the master of L.A. noir comes this beautiful and brutal tale of a cop and a criminal squared off in a life and death struggle.

Detective Sergeant Lloyd Hopkins had a hunch there was a connection between the three bloody bodies lying in a Hollywood liquor store, and one missing undercover cop. Following that hunch would take him down a trail of gore and violence. And it would plunge Hopkins into the dark heart of madness . . . and beyond.

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Originally published in 1984, the second volume in James Ellroy's trilogy of novels featuring the brilliant and outspoken LAPD Detective Sergeant Lloyd Hopkins is a noir classic. In Because the Night, Hopkins matches wits with a criminal mastermind in a bloody battle that will push the already unstable investigator "beyond the beyond."

Those who know Doctor John "The Night Tripper" Havilland see him as a self-made spiritual guru, a maverick psychologist who caters to those at the extremes of Southern California society -- from the disaffected rich to the impoverished poor. But when Hopkins, investigating a botched liquor store robbery that left three dead, runs across Havilland in his inquiries, he too gets pulled into the doctor's evil plans. A master of manipulation and mind control, Havilland quickly finds Hopkins's weakness: beautiful women in need of protection. With the help of drop-dead-gorgeous prostitute in his thrall, the deranged doctor draws Hopkins into a winner-take-all match of wits that includes missing cops, brainwashed killers -- and lots of dead people.

Set on the sleazy streets of Los Angeles and featuring a plethora of unsavory characters -- prostitutes, drug fiends, pimps, thugs, psychos, et al. -- Ellroy's three Hopkins novels (Blood on the Moon, Because the Night, and Suicide Hill) are archetypal contemporary crime fiction. Ingeniously narrated in tightly woven, brutally realistic vignettes and filled with profoundly moving (and sometimes sardonic) metaphors and symbolism. Because the Night is as much crime fiction as it is literary fiction. Intense, abrasive, and compelling, this is Ellroy at his very best. Paul Goat Allen

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“One of the great American writers or our time.” — Los Angeles Times

“A blood poet who writes as chain saws crank, Ellroy has vigorously redefined the well-shadowed turf of contemporary crime fiction.” —The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"An undeniably artful frenzy of violence, guilt, and unappeased self-loathing. Ellroy's crime fiction represents a high mark in the genre." —Newsday

“Ellroy rips into American culture like a chainsaw in an abbatoir.” —Time

"He's forged a style uniquely his own. Energetic and abrasive, it comes at us like a speed freak. . . . The power and pull of Ellroy's writing is unmistakable." —Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Ellroy is the author of some of the most powerful crime novels ever written." —The New York Times

“Garrotte-tight prose. . . . [Ellroy is] a force of nature, stringing together words into barbed-wire lariats which he then uses to choke the bejesus out of you. . . . His novels are all muscle, zero fat.” —Austin Chronicle

"Memorable, stunning, incisive. . . . It is possible, I think, to make the argument that in the past couple of decades, Mr. Ellroy has been the most influential writer in America." —Otto Penzler, The New York Sun

“Nobody in this generation matches the breadth and depth of James Ellroy’s way with noir.” —Detroit News

"Ellroy sprays declarative sentences like machine-gun bullets, blasting to kingdom come all notions of justice, heroism, and simple decency." —Entertainment Weekly

"[Ellroy] can make the night world of sleaze and street monsters come alive on the page." —St. Louis Globe-Democrat

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a provocative call to action, Dershowitz argues that American Jewry is in danger of extinction by the middle of the next century, because of skyrocketing rates of intermarriage and assimilation, combined with low birth rates. In order to survive, "Judaism must become less tribal, less ethnocentric, less exclusive, less closed-off, less defensive, less xenophobic and less clannish," asserts this Harvard Law School professor, lawyer and prolific author (Chutzpah). His most original proposal calls for an overhaul of Jewish education to make classes and study groups more accessible, widespread and relevant to secular Jews who are largely ignorant of Jewish history and culture. He advocates further that Jews become more welcoming of the non-Jewish spouse in intermarriage. Religious Jews, he adds, must accept the validity of secular Jews who reject ritual but embrace Judaism as an evolving civilization. Although Dershowitz believes that institutionalized anti-Semitism has all but disappeared, he offers suggestions as to how Jews can monitor and oppose bigotry among the militia movement, Holocaust deniers, African American extremists and the religious right. His thoughtful, unsentimental analysis of the future prospects of American Jewry deserves close attention.
Library Journal
Ellroy's noirish 1984 thriller pits an obsessed cop against a master killer. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Many people know of high-profile lawyer and Harvard Law School professor Dershowitz from the well-mined stories of his defense of celebrities from Claus von Bulow to O.J. Simpson. In this work, Dershowitz switches gears and talks about a subject closer to home: Jewish identity and destiny, previously touched on in his autobiography, Chutzpah (LJ 6/1/91). Dershowitz feels that Jewish identity is slowly dissolving in our American culture. Jews have been busy defining themselves in too negative a sense: anti-Semitism has been a rallying cry. He feels that American Jews, even agnostics like himself, have to reawaken to the treasures of Jewish culture and tradition. His call to action has some echoes of an earlier book, Leonard J. Fein's Where Are We?: The Inner Life of American Jews (LJ 5/15/88). What makes this offering so compulsively readable is Dershowitz's clear writing style and bountiful use of Jewish humor to illustrate his points. His prescription for change is likely to provoke disagreement and debate. Libraries serving a Jewish clientele should be sure to purchase.-Paul Kaplan, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., Ill.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400095292
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/18/2005
  • Series: Lloyd Hopkins Trilogy , #2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 434,327
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

James Ellroy
James 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 bestsellers. American Tabloid was Time’s Novel of the Year for 1995; his memoir My Dark Places was a Time Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book for 1996; his most recent novel, The Cold Six Thousand, was a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year for 2001. He lives on the California coast.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The "Jewish Question" for the Twenty-first Century: Can We Survive Our Success? 1
Pt. I The Problem Defined
Ch. 1 An America Without Jews 23
Pt. II Why So Many Jews are Drifting Away
Ch. 2 Will the End of Institutional Anti-Semitism Mean the End of the Jews? 69
Ch. 3 Anti-Semitism in the Twenty-first Century: Changing to Adapt to the New Realities 96
Ch. 4 The Dangers of the Christian Right - and Their Jewish Allies 143
Pt. III Proposed Solutions - and Why They Will Not Be Enough to Preserve Jewish Life
Ch. 5 Go to Shul!: The Religious Solution to the Jewish Question of the Twenty-first Century 169
Ch. 6 Make Aliyah!: The Israeli Solution to the Jewish Question of the Twenty-first Century 219
Ch. 7 Be a Mensch!: The Ethical Solution to the Jewish Question of the Twenty-first Century 256
Pt. IV A Workable Answer to the Jewish Question
Ch. 8 Filling the Yiddisher Cup: The Competitive Solution to the Jewish Future 291
Epilogue: A Call to Action 339
Notes 343
Appendix The $500 Beginning Jewish Home Library 375
Index 381
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