White Jazz (L.A. Quartet #4)
Klein's been hung out as bait, "a bad cop to draw the heat," and the hea...more
Dig the economy: scale back the unsustainable sprawl of L.A. Confidential—streamline it. The catch: still cram a CRAAAZY amount of wild plot into a relatively small frame.
Single protagonist, single POV—a departure. NO redemptive qualities for the protag: Ellroy's most tainted hero. First-person narration—sharp, minimalistic. Fractured consciousness: a dirty cop seen FROM THE INSIDE OUT.
Style: heavy—but not off-putting or hard to read like future Ellroy prose...more
The story focuses on Dave Klein, a corrupt cop, and his attempts to unravel more crimes than I can relate here; however, the real inter...more
But while the st...more
feature this hepcats:
north-carolinian noir knuckleheads hook respectable rushdie reader on amphetamine-amped narratively-novel nonsense lit. _white jazz_ delivers double dose of goofball graft and convoluted criminal crosses, but chavez ravine/fed-LAPD probe context can't compete with _american tabloid_'s epic evisceration of early 60s political posturing.
all on the QT and very hush-hush.
Scritto col consueto stile che mescola articoli di giornale, veline della polizia, dialoghi serrati e scene di violenza estrema, è una storia dove si trova la quintessenza del marciume poliziesco, dove non esistono né buoni né cattivi, e dove il più marcio di tutti è quello dall'animo migliore.
'White Jazz' is as close as you can get, when reading a book, to the adrenaline of a 'running-out-of-time' high-speed chase around a gritty, merciless town, exhausting option after option, losing minute after minute, hoping for your miraculous salvation, never having it in sight, always on the brink of despair and running out of hope, juice and simply feeling the life slip through you...more
*Updated (3/8/08): "White Jazz" is now up on iTunes for $12.99. If you want the Jerry Orbach reading order the "Abridged" version because the complete version is read by someone...more
With, for ONCE, since Black Dahlia, an ending poignant as hell.
Ellroy seems to have fallen victim to his own success with this one. The speech patterns of 1950's L.A. hipsters, gangsters and cops do not a readable novel make.
Los Angeles, 17 ottobre 1958. L'FBI apre un'inchiesta tra i collegamenti tra l'ambiente del pugilato professionistico e la mala vita. Un'inchiesta che potrebbe allargarsi, trascinando anche nel fango tanti personaggi in vista della buona società. Gente difficile da intrappolare. Ci vuole un'esca irresistibile. Come il tenente Dave Klein, il poliziotto più corrotto della città. Klein che ha fatto favori a uomini politici e pubblici funzionari, al re della droga e ai capi del racket, diventa di co...more
Efekt: ledwie przebrnąłem przez 50 stron. (A przecież wcześniej łyknąłem "LA Confidential" po angielsku bez większych problemów).
Ale Ellroy nie dawał mi spokoju. Przeszedłem się do biblioteki, zdjąłem z półki polskie wydanie (z okładką, która mogłaby stawać w zawodach o NAJBRZYDSZĄ okładkę everrrr).
Oczywiście to nie jest *obiektywnie* pięciogwiazdkowa powieść, tak? To przecie...more
But it also has a much needed cathartic release with throwbacks to the Black Dahlia and some righteous vengeance that we, as readers, needed since The Big Nowhere.
Dave 'The Enforcer' Klein is one of Ellroy's more fascinating characters while Ed Exley, from LA Confidential, returns in unexpected ways.
I did have two issues with the book:
1)Ellroy changes up his prose s...more
THE BIG NOWHERE : Holy fuck is this one pitch black! Grisly, twisted page turner that is right up there with the best that Ellroy has done. 4.5/5
LA CONFIDENTIAL : The movie was great and what got me curious to read a Ellroy book in the first place. Forget everything you saw, it doesn't TOUCH what goes down in the book. An incredibly convoluted plot that somehow always makes sense and totally works. One of the best books I've read, period. 5/5
WHITE JAZZ 4/5 : Damn good war...more
I found the plot to be meanderingly tedious and going in too many directions and the writing to be staccato like so it felt like I was reading a tabloid - an exceedingly long tabloid.
This one was somewhat like L.A. Confidential with a bent cop dealing with the mob and prostitutes. Dave Kleiin is a detective on the Vice squad repor...more
At the base stands Dave 'the Enforcer Klein'. All of Ellroy's leads come with 'curiosities' and angles, but...more
"White Jazz" is the fourth book in Ellroy's LA Quartet. What starts as a bizarre B&E case turns into a long brash tale of police corruption, brutality, and drug trafficking - all in the land of Hollywood players,...more