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Blood on the Moon (Lloyd Hopkins #1)

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  1,174 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Detective Sergeant Lloyd Hopkins can’t stand music, or any loud sounds. He’s got a beautiful wife, but he can’t get enough of other women. And instead of bedtime stories, he regales his daughters with bloody crime stories. He’s a thinking man’s cop with a dark past and an obsessive drive to hunt down monsters who prey on the innocent.

Now, there’s something haunting him. H
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 10th 2005 by Vintage (first published 1984)
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Eric_W
Ellroy writes with intensity. As I’m sure everyone knows who is remotely interested in his writing, Ellroy has been obsessed with the death of his mother (nee Hilliker) whose murder was never solved. The Black Dahlia, written after this book, was an unsatisfactory attempt at atonement, and the books I’ve read of his continue to obsess with familial relationships.

That’s especially true of Blood on the Moon, first in the Lloyd Hopkins police series. Lloyd is that special cop who sees beyond the o
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Cathy DuPont
I've read James Ellroy before and this book didn't reach the excellence of the others. And what I call the yuck factor kicked in. I can do without all the blood and guts description. YUCK!

And to top it off, it was audio (CD) from the library which skipped. That didn't help my enjoyment.

I've got one more Ellroy on my shelf and supposedly it's the best of his top novels. I hope so.
Ben Loory
this is early ellroy, before he became stylistically himself, and as such is strangely awkward at times, even laughable in moments in dialogue and characterization. but still, none of that really matters; the man is just so forceful, so totally convincing, so full of energy and anger and forward momentum, the book is not only alive in your hand, but cutting you open and digging around inside your body and making you feel and see and remember and dream and think things, all kinds of things, all t ...more
Ezzy
Dec 18, 2012 Ezzy rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
What amazed me most about this book is not how terrible it is- there are plenty of terrible books out there- but how high the reviews for it are. I have never read a book I thought was so completely awful on every front that clearly so many other people have really enjoyed. Go figure.

I couldn't even enjoy this book on a guilty-pleasure level. The prose was just so terrible, the characters were not only flat but ridiculous, and the plot laughable. This man killed a woman- obviously the criminal i
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Michael
I normally love James Ellroy’s style and the hard-boiled/noir novels he writes. But Blood on the Moon just seems to be lacking the spark and excitement that I normally find in an Ellroy novel. Detective Sergeant Lloyd Hopkin is a character written to be hated and he doesn’t seem to be written well; sure I get the concept of a protagonist been hated but Hopkin feels sloppy, like if found all the most annoying habits and jammed it into this character. It is interesting to see how much Ellroy has i ...more
Ed [Redacted]
I was only partially impressed by this book, one of Ellroy's earlier novels. Sometimes the writing is awesome, some parts of this book show flashes of his future brilliance. Mostly the plot is simplistic and illogical. The protagonist, Homicide investigator Lloyd Hopkins, appears to solve cases by pulling the clues directly from his ass.

Even with these significant problems, Ellroy's ability as a writer of prose makes this a worthwhile read.
Tim Niland
LAPD sergeant Lloyd Hopkins is an odd duck. He has a beautiful wife at home yet takes part in sleazy hookups all over town. Instead of bedtime stories, he tells his daughters gruesome tales of life on the street to “prepare” them for adulthood. He also can’t stand loud noises and may be crazy. But he is also a genius - groomed by an LAPD police captain because of his skills and refusal to quit. Something bugs Lloyd - he thinks there is a serial killer loose in Los Angeles preying on well to do w ...more
Sebastien Castell
James Ellroy is unrelenting in his approach to noir storytelling, never letting his characters, or the reader, off the hook. In a lot of neo-noir we're given tough-as-nails, cynical characters who seem like they're always close to doing the wrong thing but underneath it all have a heart of gold indistinguishable from the most romantic knight in shining armour. Not so with Lloyd - a genius detective who cheats on his wife and assuages his conscience with a preposterous self-delusion. I think Ellr ...more
Mrian
Only quite recently have I begun reading James Ellroy novels and although there are certainly some elements of this novel's characters that let down the flow, I will be moving on to the next in the series.
Is it something in the way he writes? It must be because the actual plot is not so complicated and while the characters could be built up better the writing flows in a way that kept me coming back for more.
It's all so flimsy why Hopkins doesn't protect his family from stories of the horrors he
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Flor Aragon
Buena historia, sigue vigente a pesar de que han pasado unos 30 años de que Ellroy la escribió. No me acomodé mucho a la narrativa, sin embargo. A veces me hacía perder el hilo de la historia, supongo que es cuestión de acostumbrarse.
Jose Ramirez
Me costó un poco de trabajo el principio, no se me hacía muy claro, vagaba mucho en tratar de entender al personaje, pasando esto el resto es pólvora pura, gran desenlace!
George
Το βιβλίο φυσικά το άρχισα την τελευταία μέρα του 2013 και μόλις πριν από λίγο το τελείωσα. Πολύ δυνατή αρχή, με ένα αρκετά βίαιο αστυνομικό έργο από τον μαιτρ του είδους Τζέιμς Ελρόι. Οφείλω να παραδεχτώ ότι έχει κάποιες αδυναμίες σαν ιστορία, μιας και είναι από τις πρώτες του συγγραφικές προσπάθειες, αλλά σαν τελικό αποτέλεσμα με ικανοποίησε.

Πρόκειται για το πρώτο βιβλίο της τριλογίας με ήρωα τον αστυνομικό του Λος Άντζελες Λόιντ Χόπκινς, που θα έλεγα ότι είναι ο ορισμός του αντιήρωα σε αστυν
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Tyler
An early James Ellroy novel but all the usually Ellroy elements are there. In his
early novels are based in modern(80's) L.A. instead of a past although that does not
manifest in any obvious changes from his other novels based in the 50's and 60's.
This novel is different from his later L.A. Quartet and short stories because besides being a police procedural from the cop's voice, it also gives the serial killer's POV.
I'm not a fan of this type of serial killer POV storytelling. It can rarely giv
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Marios
Another great hard-boiled crime novel by Ellroy. As one of his early novels, the books does not reach the heights of his later books (such as the Underworld USA Trilogy) and anyone familiar with them will notice the difference. However, this does not prevent the book from being hard-to-put-down and, as expected, it offers the reader some intense manhunt moments. As all of Ellroy's works, "Blood on the Moon" is a must-read for all those who love crime noir books and will definitely give you some ...more
William Thomas
One of Ellroy's forst novels and it shows. It seemed like a hurried piece of work where Ellroy was fleshing out both the plot and his writing style with each page. That's not to say it isn't entertaining, because it is. Its a worthwhile read for the fact that you get Ellroy before he begins to go off the deep end with his obsessive, almost slavish devotion to punchy, jazzy prose (which becomes grating and severely irritating around White Jazz). There is a serial killer, one of Ellroy's obsession ...more
Michael Donnelly
I could see the art of the writer, but this piece needed a good rewrite. Nuanced prose at times interspersed with awkward narrative, extraneous microplots, and difficult dialogue.

Still, it's worth a read, and it does move along. One can do quite worse.
Arthur
E quando o detetive é tão atormentado quanto os criminosos que persegue? Sangue na Lua, um dos primeiros romances de James Ellroy, publicado antes dos clássicos como Los Angeles - cidade proibida, Dália Negra ou Tabloide Americano, nos apresenta o detetive Lloyd Hopkins, ou Crazy Lloyd, como é conhecido. Numa época anterior ao boom das histórias de assassinos em série (publicado próximo à "Dragão Vermelho"), Ellroy traz em um ritmo ágil a caçada a um criminoso com grandes problemas, assim como o ...more
Matteo Pellegrini
Hopkins e Verplanck, il Bene e il Male, due uomini acuti, intelligenti, che vagano per le strade buie di Los Angeles: il primo per proteggere, il secondo per uccidere. Attirati inesorabilmente l'uno verso l'altro, i due si sfidano in un confronto tra lucida determinazione e follia. ...more
Jack Goodstein
Language and style are a bit pretentious, and Hopkins' intuitive powers stress the limits of credibility, but a fairly good read, nonetheless.
Peter Shovlin
The first of three books about Lloyd Hopkins, a deranged yet brilliant cop that only Ellroy could have created. Twisted, dark, perfect.
Roderick
It's Ellroy, bloody, disgusting at times, fast-paced, gritty, easy to read. Hahaha!
Semira
A thrilling read as always! I couldn't put it down. Stayed up until 5.30am because I just needed to know what happened next. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.
Thomas
I have found most of James Ellroy's crime novels invigorating in concept and kind of sloppy in execution. The big exceptions are the Underworld USA trilogy and The Black Dahlia. But even Ellroy's most audacious misfires are interesting because they're so idiosyncratic. This one is really inexpert, and feels like a half-assed beginning effort. It's really interesting to see him try out the beginnings of his jazzy writing style here, so it's worth reading just to see the idiom develop over the cou ...more
Nate Hendrix
Didn't like it didn't finish it.
Atef Attia
Un roman typique de Ellroy, qui prend sont temps, fournit plein de descriptions et instaure une ambiance tendue au fil d'une intrigue solide, à défaut d'être follement originale. Le roman vaut surtout pour le style bien fourni de l'auteur et de son personnage principal, un chaud lapin qui saute tout ce qui bouge, qui raconte les détails sanglants de ses enquêtes à sa fille mais qui reste un fin limier d'une redoutable efficacité.
Un bon polar, sans plus.
Ryan Holt
The characters are oddly assembled, but if you can get past their haphazard quality, you'll encounter some of Ellroy's most startling, vivid passages.
James Love
This book is NOT for the faint of heart. If Stephen King, Richard Stark and Jim Thompson were to give birth to a boy his name would be James Ellroy. Quentin Tarantino should option these three books for his next movies. The writing is reminiscent of early Stephen King with shades of the classic EC Horror Comics blended with 1970's true crime magazines like True Detective.
Rebecca
I picked this up because I loved the cover, designed by Chip Kidd (although really it was the artwork by Thomas M. Allen that I enjoyed most) and detective novels are usually good travel reading. However it was rather dark and disturbing, and not quite as well written as some other detective novels I’ve read, so I don’t think I’ll read the rest of the series, despite their covers.
Jake
Ellroy, the king of Noir. Early work, more prose, less chopped, less edge. Blood on The Moon has a riot scene, feels like his later work. Killer, sadistic, tortured poet, detective following was just as tortured. Lloyd Hopkins vs. The Poet, it's very cut and dry, but very well written. James would want you to read this, and then read the rest of his stuff.
Kipp Poe
A master of crime at work introduction into the series of cop after a crazy killer as he puts the Clues together
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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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  • Suicide Hill (Lloyd Hopkins, #3)
The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet, #1) L.A. Confidential (L.A. Quartet, #3) American Tabloid (Underworld USA, #1) The Big Nowhere (L.A. Quartet, #2) White Jazz (L.A. Quartet, #4)

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