review Clandestine 100

  • Paperback
  • 328
  • Clandestine
  • James Ellroy
  • English
  • 20 April 2017
  • 9780380805297

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characters Clandestine review Clandestine 100 It propels him into a dangerous alliance with certain mad and unstable elements of the law enforcement hierarchy When the case implodes with disastrous conseuences it is Fred Underhill who takes the fall His life is in ruins his promising future suddenly a dream of the past And his good and pure love for a crusading woman l. When I went to a James Ellroy reading I went through my collection to find a good one I wanted him to autograph I picked Clandestine It s that good When he signed it he wroteTo Andy Doom DwellsJames Ellroy

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characters Clandestine review Clandestine 100 Fred Underhill is a young cop on the rise in Los Angeles in the early 1950's a town blinded to its own grime by Hollywood glitter; a society nourished by newspaper lies that wants its heroes all American and sueaky clean A chance to lead on a possible serial killing is all it takes to fuel Underhill's reckless ambition and. Pretty good early Ellroy Though I had problems with the middle third the pacing just goes totally dead as he goes into a longwinded heavily expository backstory I d still call this essential to anyone like me who loved the LA uartet as it introduces key characters like Dudley Smith and locales like the Victory Motel that figure so prominently in the uartet In fact the entire first third reads a lot like the LA uartet though a lot less polished Once the story moves away from LA and the LAPD it goes a bit off the railsbut there s still plenty here to like you can see all of Ellroy s obsessions taking root and a few sentences here and there hint of the genius to come

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characters Clandestine review Clandestine 100 Awyer has been corrupted and may not survive But even without the authority of a badge Fred Underhill knows that his only hope for redemption lies in following the investigation to its grim conclusion And the Hell to which he has been consigned for his sins is the perfect place to hunt for a killer who hungers but has no so. I love LA Confidential the film so much that I wanted to read a book that evoked the same milieu the same literary terroir while avoiding a retread of the same plot that would inevitably come with reading LA Confidential the novel itself What better way to accomplish that goal than by going to James Ellroy s other work Clandestine isn t one of Ellroy s most widely known efforts but possibly because it was one of his earliest there s a rough edged rawness to the writing that I found absorbing than some other obviously polished hard boiled novels Reading this was a bit like reading Hammett with a twist of Chandler sharp prose engrossing plot and complex and deeply flawed characters At times it seems that Ellroy is engaging in a public therapy session to work out his well publicized personal issues in his writing and I say fine by me it results in some superb noir Highly recommended