L.A. Confidential (L.A. Quartet #3)

L.A. Confidential (L.A. Quartet #3)

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by James Ellroy, David Strathairn
     
 

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L.A. Confidential is an epic crime novel that stands as a steel-edged time capsule--Los Angeles in the 1950s, a remarkable era defined in dark shadings.

A horrific mass murder invades the lives of victims and victimizers on both sides of the law--three cops treading quicksand in the middle.

Detective Ed Exley wants glory. Haunted by his father's

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L.A. Confidential is an epic crime novel that stands as a steel-edged time capsule--Los Angeles in the 1950s, a remarkable era defined in dark shadings.

A horrific mass murder invades the lives of victims and victimizers on both sides of the law--three cops treading quicksand in the middle.

Detective Ed Exley wants glory. Haunted by his father's success as a policeman, he will pay any price, break any law to eclipse him.

Detective Bud White watched his own father murder his mother--he is now bent on random vengeance, a time bomb with a badge.

Celebrity cop Jack Vincennes shakes down movie stars for a scandal magazine. An old secret possesses him--he'll do anything to keep it buried.

Three cops in a spiral, a nightmare that tests loyalty and courage, a nightmare that offers no mercy, allows for no survivors. Here is James Ellroy's masterpiece. . . darkness to haunt you in shades of red, gray, and black.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ellroy's ninth novel, set in 1950s Los Angeles, kicks off with a shoot-out between a rogue ex-cop and a band of gangsters fronted by a crooked police lieutenant. Close on the heels of this scene comes a jarring Christmas Day precinct house riot, in which drunk and rampaging cops viciously beat up a group of jailed Mexican hoodlums. But, as readers will quickly learn, these sudden sprees of violence, laced with evidence of police corruption, are only teasers for the grisly events and pathos that follow this intricate police procedural. Picking up where The Black Dahlia and The Big Nowhere left off, the book tracks the intertwining paths of the three flawed and ambitious cops who emerge from the ``Bloody Christmas'' affair. Dope peddling, prostitution, and other risky business are revealed as the tightly wound plot untangles. Ellroy's disdain for Hollywood tinsel is evident at every turn; even the most noble of the characters here are relentlessly sleazy. But their grueling, sometimes maniacal schemes make a compelling read for the stout of heart. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375402135
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/02/1997
Series:
L.A. Quartet Series, #3
Edition description:
Abridged
Product dimensions:
4.42(w) x 7.05(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

James Ellroy's most recent novel, American Tabloid, was Time magazine's Novel of the Year in 1995, and his memoir, My Dark Places, was a New York Times Notable Book for 1996.

David Strathairn has appeared in the films L.A. Confidential, The River Wild, The Firm, and City of Hope.  His theater work includes Three Sisters, Hapgood, and A Lie of the Mind.

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L.A. Confidential (L.A. Quartet #3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The characters are three-dimensional and the engaging plot is gritty and complex. Ellroy's masterpiece of crime and corruption in 1950s L.A. is a must for crime fiction fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I breezed through this book in a blur of a weekend, simply unable to put it down. Ellroy's words fly off the page and come at you like bullets. His noir, hard-as-nails style is hynotic. The plot is intricate, the characters well drawn, and the ending is satisfying. He does not insult the reader by assuming he or she cannot follow along labyrinth-like plotting. If you want light reading, forget it. But if you like twisting, turning mysteries and pulse-pounding suspense, BUY THIS BOOK!
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One of the best books in this genre that I have read in years. Plot twists up until the end. Main and bit players in the book are unforgettable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Nook version has some editing problems. e.g., "Calendar 1957" has sections that repeat four or more times. I HOPE that there's no missing text.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, this is the first James Ellroy book I've read - and don't know why I haven't read his books prior to this one. It took me a while to get used to his style of writing, but written in any other style just wouldn't have worked to get the feel of what's going through the detectives' heads (I mean, you could actually feel the adreneline going through Bud's head)...how they are playing out the crime scenes individually then coming together with their own theories.....the book moves so fast there were parts I had to re-read. Ellroy does not sugarcoat anything he puts before the reader...gritty, raw and intense and what we had before us were very flawed men and in the end, it all comes together. I will be reading more of Ellway, that's for sure.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Who's right and who's wrong? That's the question Ellroy begs readers to ask in LA Confidential. Is it Johnathan 'Jack' Vincenness, a vice cop who sells his soul one Hush-Hush punchline at a time? Wendell 'Bud' White with his moral crusade against women beaters? Or is it Edmund 'Ed' Exley, a rich kid trying to surpass his father in command and ambition? But justice is like the L.A. night Ellroy finely portrays - a dull gray with an occasional street light throwing light and shadow on both plot and its characters, who might be ugly, but not matter how hard you try, you can't stop yourself from riding along. (Blunt, hard prose takes a bit getting used to but fits the story well)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was incredible. It doesn't seem as long as it is, because it moves at a phenomenal pace. It is more layered than any book I know. The three main characters are completely different policemen, and never boring. I suggest reading it more than once.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ellroy's gritty and hard-hitting novel set in 1950's Los Angeles grips the reader in a vortex of violence and corruption. Reads like a whirlwind! Much better than the movie version.
Guest More than 1 year ago
l.a.confindential does not feel like a 400+ page book. james ellroy style of writng puts you in the 50s with is descriptive characters and well drawn scenery. worth the buy!