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Preview — Brown's Requiem by James Ellroy
At 256 pages this is perhaps the shortest of all his novels and as the story progressed I became more and more grateful for that fact as more and more trite, cliche, amateur scenes unfolded. Fritz Brown is already almost the typical ...more
This is the third novel by James Ellroy I've read. I found his "telegraphic" writing st ...more
BUT FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DON'T BUY THE KINDLE VERSION. THE WORST.
Fritz Brown is James Ellroy's first creation and a worthy successor to Philip Marlowe. Brown is an ex-cop, dismissed from the L.A.P.D. for having broken the legs of the Vice ...more
The read itself wasn't confusing, but I read this book as an example of how The Great James Ellroy writes. While the book was certainly entertaining and even compelling at points, I was hard pressed to understand why he is known as one of the greats of crime fiction. I get that the point isn't to write Ulysses, but this struck me as the type of thing that I could bang out in a weekend given enough uninte ...more
The biggest problem might be that the antagonists in the ...more
La vita di Fritz Brown, ex poliziotto con problemi di alcool, è un intrico di contraddizioni. Come la sua Los Angeles, persa tra lo scintillio di Hollywood e l'inferno dei bassifondi. E quando Brown inizia a indagare sugli strani giri di denaro che ruotano attorno al golf club, si trova invischiato in un oscuro turbine di corruzione, sesso e crudeli vendette, su cui grava ancora l'ombra di un serial killer e l'odio di un vecchio massacro.
I did find some of the characterizations slightly superficial (compared to later works of his that I've read), and the plot did feel slightly jumbled together.
However there's still a kernel of goodness underlying the brutality and slightly sketchy start to his novel wri ...more
Sadly, the "looping life" described is probably accurate because Ellroy supported himself as a caddy, But it might put you off golf for good. ( He makes his main character...Dan Brown...a naif when it comes to golf, a device for lots (too much?) of golf and caddying expositi ...more
I am encouraged by this edition's Author Introduction to "read all my books in successio ...more
For fans this will be an interesting exploration of the early years, the Blue period, of the crime writer's career. A fairly standard noir procedural, with a sensitive but tough ex-cop protagonist, the interesting milieu of golf caddies, moments, hints of the kind of hyper-violence that erupts in his later work. The narrative voice doesn't have the broken, staccato snap of the later work, but this is a solid effort. Clearly an homage to earlier masters. Derivativ ...more
(Have a different Avon Books edition, a 1981 1st edition with a picture of a woman which evokes the 1980s prints of Patrick Nagel.)