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L.A. Noir (Lloyd Hopkins #1-3 omnibus)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  1,177 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
James Ellroy explored modern-day L.A. in a trilogy featuring his anti-hero cop, Det. Sgt. Lloyd Hopkins. Now in one volume, here are the three original novels. Blood on the Moon. Twenty random killings of women remain unconnected in police files. But Det. Sgt. Lloyd Hopkins sees a pattern. In a shattering climax, cold, icy intelligence and white-heated madness are pitted a ...more
Hardcover, 644 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by Mysterious Press (first published January 1st 1991)
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Keith Steinbaum Yes, but with the qualifier that you should want to have an interest in the history of Los Angeles. Having grown up in L.A., I was able to relate to…moreYes, but with the qualifier that you should want to have an interest in the history of Los Angeles. Having grown up in L.A., I was able to relate to places and understand how the culture and geography of the city evolved.(less)

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Patrick O'Neil
Aug 01, 2010 Patrick O'Neil rated it really liked it
James Ellroy's L.A. Noir combines three of his earlier books: Blood on the Moon, Because the Night, and Suicide Hill. First published in the early '80's, Ellroy's Los Angeles Nior trilogy is a macabre homage to ultra violent LA cops, and insanity of the times. His protagonist, Sergeant Lloyd Hopkins, is out of his fucking gourd. He's a racist, womanizing, homophobe, cold blooded killer and adulterous father of three daughters. But there's a beauty in the juxtaposition of repulsion and collaborat ...more
Jul 17, 2009 Debbie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, noir, crime
This book includes all three volumes of Ellroy's Lloyd Hopkins trilogy (Blood on the Moon, Because the Night and Suicide Hill). As in many of the Ellroy books I've read, the cops are as dark and twisted and the criminals they pursue. They all are driven by their own demons and are not often likable characters. Lloyd Hopkins is no exception. He is a brilliant (genius IQ) and brutal cop - a combination of Monk/Columbo and Dirty Harry. His past molded him into the man he has become - a brilliant cr ...more
Jul 20, 2014 Ben rated it liked it
Seeing that James Ellroy had a new book coming out, I checked back to see what novels of his I had read and found that I missed the three older novels now combined in LA Noir. So I read them.
Ellroy has his phantoms ,his dark ghosts haunting him and it shows in the novels he wrote. In THE BLACK DAHLIA, HOLLYWOOD CONFIDENTIAL and many others, his obsessions with violence, corruption, sex and sexual violence are apparent. His works are not for everyone, that is sure, but if you have a strong stoma
Jun 09, 2011 BurgendyA rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: to anyone.
Recommended to BurgendyA by: no one did. I kept seeing the commercials of the game and it brought me interest.
L.A. Noir by James Ellroy are 3 stories of the Hopkins trilogy in one in this book.Blood on the Moon, Because the Night, & Suicide Hill. These crime stories takes place at LA and Lloyd Hopkins is a LAPD sergeant who solves twisted bizarre murder cases. Some of them are gruesome & disturbing but not way too disturbing. Lloyd is a tuff, smart, wild, and an impulsive sex addict. But he no matter what he always gets the job done at no matter what is the cost. I enjoyed this raw book alot. It ...more
Jun 01, 2014 Allen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The more I read James Ellroy, the more I'm convinced he's one of the late 20th century greats when it comes to crime novels - sensational trio of cop books set in the early 80s, with gruesome murders and violence a plenty; and above all Ellroy's style punching through
Dec 08, 2012 Remi rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Really loving these history books, especially ones about famous criminals of the past. While LA Noir covered a lot of ground already covered by Gangster Squad, it felt more in-depth and focused more on the police than the criminals, which I enjoyed. With Gangster Squad, I was peering into the lives of criminal celebrities whereas with Noir I got to learn about the people who tried (and succeeded in most cases) to put them away. Ellroy really does his homework and I appreciated that he managed to ...more
This trilogy of cop tales set in the LA of the early 1980's is easily as readable as Ellroy's other (even more noir-ish) novels, but is ultimately strangely unsatisfying. These stories are cleverly plotted as ever, but they seem to lack the obsessional layers of detail that characterise Ellroy's later novels. Although resembling many of Ellroy's other maverick renegade cop characters, Lloyd Hopkins does not seem as real or as rounded, making him less likeable and his behaviour less forgivable. T ...more
Tony Gleeson
May 12, 2009 Tony Gleeson rated it really liked it
This volume collects three of Ellroy's earlier novels, "Blood on the Moon," "Because the Night," and "Suicide Hill," all featuring the damaged but obsessively brilliant Los Angeles detective Lloyd Hopkins. The writing is not as knife-sharp as in Ellroy's later books but the characters are just as bent, the crimes just as vile, and the depictions of the streets and locations of Los Angeles are just as vivid and exact. The author comments in the brief preface that he doesn't care if the reader lik ...more
Sep 20, 2010 Patrick rated it liked it
James Ellroy is one of my favorite authors. His dark crime stories and rapid, terse writing really resonate with me. LA Noir is a trilogy of Ellroy's first novels. They center around LA police detective Lloyd Hopkins, a great cop with a troubled past and family life. In each book Hopkins solves grisly murders using less than by the book practices. I didn't enjoy these books as much as Ellroy's later novels, most especially LA Confidential and The Black Dahlia. However, they were good crime novel ...more
Jul 26, 2015 Andy rated it liked it
This is a packaged collection of three early James Ellroy novels featuring Lloyd Hopkins, a morally compromised LA detective, written in the early-mid 1980's. If you're not familiar with Ellroy's work, I wouldn't recommend starting here as these novels, while fairly good, have some major flaws and are not on the same par of his later LA Confidential-era books. But for Ellroy fans this is a good, affordable way to see his evolution as a writer.
Nov 04, 2012 Mark added it
All three of the Lloyd Hopkins novels under one cover? They made a movie based on the character called "COP" and Hopkins was played by James Woods who did a fine job-but to truly understand Ellroy's cold sense of how fighting monsters turns you into one you have to read all three books. These books were stepping stones that enabled him to craft the ruthless prose that he later used to such great effect in "White Jazz" and "Blood's A Rover"
Graham Heywood
Jul 05, 2012 Graham Heywood rated it really liked it
Lloyd Hopkins is a true Ellroy creation. Part killer, part psychopath, part upstanding citizen and cop. He keeps you on your toes throughout. I was never quite sure what Lloyd would do next. Three books in one and I have to say they get progressively better and Lloyd gets more and more out of control throughout. I love this character. Stories, as usual, are violent, seedy, thrilling!
Robert Bagnall
Not so much tightly plotted as plotted when tight - if text is a means of translating the pictures in the author's head into pictures in my head I then this was all just lost in translation for me. So much noise and bluster and 2D cardboard cut-out people doing things for reasons I couldn't fathom or engage with. 840-odd pages of so-what.

Really enjoyed American Tabloid, though.
May 02, 2011 RunRachelRun rated it really liked it
Wow. I picked this up because I enjoyed "L.A. Confidential" as a movie all those years ago. This was an incredibly read although horrifically violent pretty much all the way through. I hear echoes of Ellroy in a lot of other authors' renegade cop books/series... I won't name them because I don't want to call them on the carpet.
Marilyn F
John, partly based on your comment I decided to abandon reading this one, other one I started much better :-) ... This Jay guy seems to be an actually really good as well as interesting writer, seems he studied with Ray Carver and Tobias Wolff.
Jun 08, 2011 Chrissie rated it really liked it
Enjoyable, quick read. Disturbing but not so disturbing it actually upsets your sleep. A good balance, I'd say.

Ellroy's brief introduction to the three stories may be the best part of the entire book. Hilarious.
Sep 23, 2010 Diana rated it really liked it
My son John gave me this book...It is all about LAPD from the beginning until the riots....Chief of Police, Mayors, Police and Watts well as the undergrous crime Mafia guys...very interesting....
Tom Ward
Jun 05, 2013 Tom Ward rated it liked it
A great trilogy, but not as good as Ellroy's later works. There's less of his individual style here, and the plots are still a bit by the numbers, but it's still great reading for a fan of noir crime, and Ellroy's work. Each story was an improvment on the last. I would recomend.
Toby Rowe
Nov 04, 2012 Toby Rowe rated it liked it
While it's possible to see the roots of Ellroy's talent and M.O. here, I'm not sure that I'd recommend this to anyone other than hardcore fans. This isn't to say that I don't like this collection- I do- but it might not be a great entry point for those unfamiliar with his oeuvre.
Jun 28, 2012 Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, crime
While this collection of three novels is dark, I really appreciated the development of the character of Lloyd Hopkins. Life can be ugly, but it beats the alternative.
Apr 28, 2014 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, crime, favorites
Loved each of the books in this trilogy.
Sep 05, 2010 David rated it did not like it
Hack. I could go on but this about sums it up.
Dec 12, 2013 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed reading this author's early works, with the exception of "Suicide Hill" which messed with the formula too much in my opinion.
May 17, 2008 Polyhymnia rated it it was amazing
... -- seine Haltung erinnerte den Doctor an einen unerschrockenen mittelalterlichen Krieger, der versuchte, Dämonen in Schach zu halten, ohne zu ahnen, dass sie in ihm wohnten....
Dec 17, 2009 Jeremy rated it really liked it
Early James Ellroy..and my favorite...also try Brown's Requiem and Clandestine.
James Thompson
Nov 20, 2011 James Thompson rated it really liked it
Another must read for Ellroy fans.
Thomas Roth
May 09, 2011 Thomas Roth rated it it was amazing
All I can say is WOW. What an amazing tale.
Not his best work by a long way.
May 22, 2009 Steve rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Abandoned. Clumsy, leaden and obvious, like me trying to write a Raymond Chandler novel or something. Urgh.
Charlene rated it liked it
Jan 20, 2011
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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 best sellers. His novel American Tabloid was Time magazine’s Best Book (fiction) of 1995; his memoir, My Dark Places, was a Time Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book for 1996. His novel The Cold Six Thousand was a New York ...more
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  • Blood on the Moon (Lloyd Hopkins, #1)
  • Because the Night (Lloyd Hopkins, #2)
  • Suicide Hill (Lloyd Hopkins, #3)

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