Clandestine

Clandestine

by James Ellroy
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Clandestine by James Ellroy

In this Edgar Award finalist by the New York Times–bestselling author of L.A. Confidential, a murder investigation nearly drives a cop to madness.
 Despite the sunshine, high necklines, and demure purity of its silver-screen goddesses, Los Angeles in the 1950s is not a gentle place. Even as a young cop, Freddy Underhill knows this. Patrolling one of L.A.’s roughest districts, he sees the lust, rage, and madness that permeate the city—and stands in wonder and dismay at it all. He covers the beat with his partner Wacky Walker, a World War II veteran with a Medal of Honor, a drinking problem, and a serious obsession with death. When an old flame of Freddy’s is murdered, the investigation takes them deep into the shadiest part of the city, where Freddy will have to embrace the darkness if he wants to emerge with his life.

From the author of The Black Dahlia, a legendary name in crime fiction called “one of the great American writers of our time” by the Los Angeles Times Book Review, this is a gritty tale of the dark side of postwar America, as well as a riveting mystery filled with “skillful characterization [and] fast-paced action” (Library Journal).
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453227954
Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 328,582
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

With his outsize personality and distinctive prose style, James Ellroy (b. 1948) is one of the finest modern authors of hard-boiled fiction. His mother was murdered in 1958, and in his twenties Ellroy moved from job to job, finally finding steady work as a caddy, an experience which formed the backdrop for his first mystery, Brown’s Requiem. Among the many honors and accolades he has received for his work, the Mystery Writers of America named James Ellroy a Grand Master in 2015.

He drew a cult following with his first books, which included the Lloyd Hopkins trilogy of police novels, and found widespread fame with 1987’s The Black Dahlia, a meticulously researched account of Los Angeles’s most famous unsolved murder.That novel and 1990’s L.A. Confidential, both of which were adapted for the screen, cemented his notoriety as an author of historical crime fiction. Ellroy lives and works in Los Angeles.

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Clandestine 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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CinAll More than 1 year ago
I don't read books with this level of profanity and perversion. There are lots of good mystery/crime books that don't need to stoop to this to tell a good story. I want my money back.
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scubachris More than 1 year ago
You will not be disappointed, and if you are it is your won fault.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot possibly review this book as I have never read it, though B&N seems to think I've bought this book. The computer is wrong, guys....don't know a thing about it. Maybe it's a ploy to get me to buy it.