L.A. Noir (Lloyd Hopkins #1-3 omnibus)
by James Ellroy
Three of Ellroy's most compelling novels featuring Detective Sergeant Lloyd Hopkins in one volume. Blood On The Moon: 20 random killings of women are unconnected in police files. But Det. Sgt. Lloyd Hopkins sees a pattern. As he is drawn to the murderer, the two men face a confrontation pitting icy intelligence against white-heated madness. . . Because The Night: Jacob Her...more
Paperback, 848 pages
Published 1997 by Random House
(first published January 1st 1991)
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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
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 09, 2011 Burgendya rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition 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
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
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
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
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"
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!
May 02, 2011 RunRachelRun rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
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.
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.
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.
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...moreMore about James Ellroy...