The Big Nowhere (L.A. Quartet #2)

The Big Nowhere (L.A. Quartet #2)

by James Ellroy


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The Big Nowhere (L.A. Quartet #2) by James Ellroy

Los Angeles, 1950. Red crosscurrents and a string of brutal killings. Three men caught up in a massive web of ambition, perversion and deceit.

The characters: Danny Upshaw--a sheriff's deputy stuck with a bunch of snuffs that nobody cares about. Mal Considine--DA's office brass, climbing on the Red scare bandwagon to advance his own career. Buzz Meeks-- bagman, ex-goon and pimp for Howard Hughes, a man who fights communism for the money. All three have purchased tickets to a nightmare worse than their darkest dreams.

"Stark, brutal, tender and powerful...a remarkably vivid portrait of a remarkable time and place." (Publisher's Source)

X-rated for violence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446674379
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/28/1998
Series: L.A. Quartet Series , #2
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 281,352
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

The winner of numerous awards and accolades, Lee Earle "James" Ellroy is one of the most acclaimed mystery authors writing today. He is best known for his L. A. Quartet novels (The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L. A. Confidential, and White Jazz), two of which were adapted into movies. The Black Dahlia was based in part on the unsolved real-life murder of his mother when Ellroy was 10 years old. He is also the author of Perfidia, the Underworld USA series, and his memoir My Dark Places, among others.

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The Big Nowhere (L.A. Quartet #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Katie_H on LibraryThing 5 days ago
Even though this is one of Ellroy's highest rated novels (2nd in his L.A. Quartet), I had major problems getting into it. The plot is rich with characters and details, and it is written in the author's typical 1950's cop speak. With so many parallel stories, I had trouble understanding what was going on, and I probably should have taken notes. After finishing the book, I am still lacking a full understanding of it, though after page 200, the pieces finally DID start falling together a bit. The story is too complicated to fully describe in this short review. Danny Upshaw, Mal Considine, and Buzz Meeks are the flawed main character cops, and the subplots revolve around police corruption, serial murder, Communist witch-hunts and the underworld of homosexual prostitution. This book takes a lot of concentration, but I would still recommend it for readers looking for a dark and grisly experience, and I'll probably re-read it myself to clear up the complexities. Three and a half stars now - maybe I'll increase my rating after a second read through.
sharv on LibraryThing 11 days ago
The standout best of Ellroy's exceptional "L.A. Quartet" series of noir novels. A disturbing counterpoint to what everyone thinks the 1950's were like.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The L.A. Quartet keeps right on rolling! Great Read!
Garrick_Mason More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. A fascinating story, interweaving history with fiction. The demons that haunt the main character - it gives it some spice. A solid mystery. I'll read it again, likely.
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