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Blood on the Moon (Lloyd Hopkins #1)

3.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,343 Ratings  ·  69 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
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 10th 2005 by Vintage (first published 1984)
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Aug 12, 2012 Eric_W rated it liked it
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
Jan 13, 2016 Josh rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Noir readers
Shelves: crime, read_2016
A dark and multi-faceted crime noir that oozes Ellroy; elaborate crimes and a deadly depiction of humanity lay the foundation for novel driven by sex and death. Ellroy's characters really come to life in BLOOD ON THE MOON but none more than the protagonist. Det. Sgt. Lloyd Hopkins is not a nice man; his moral compass is skewed, his sense of right and wrong often blur into one another yet he's got a bullish determination to protect the innocent (particularly woman) - it's this tainted view point ...more
Ben Loory
Oct 24, 2010 Ben Loory rated it really liked it
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
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.
Dec 18, 2012 Ezzy rated it did not like it
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
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]
Aug 04, 2012 Ed [Redacted] rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
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
Aug 10, 2014 Tim Niland rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
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
Feb 26, 2014 Sebastien Castell rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, mystery
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
Laeticia Barbier
Nov 09, 2015 Laeticia Barbier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ray
Et ben, quelle noirceur dans ce thriller!
Une fois de plus, James Ellroy a su créer tout un univers malsain pour accompagner cette que noire!
Comme à son habitude, les débuts sont lents, on s'immerge progressivement dans l'enquête, en faisant connaissance petit à petit avec ceux qui vont devenir les personnages principaux de ce thriller. Parfois même trop lentement. Mais comme aime James Ellroy, on s'accroche, parce qu'on se dit que l'histoire qui apparait sera d'autant plus passi
Oct 13, 2014 Mrian rated it liked it
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
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!
Mar 14, 2015 George rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
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
Jul 28, 2011 Tyler rated it really liked it
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
Oct 19, 2014 Marios rated it really liked it
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
Jan 21, 2012 William Thomas rated it liked it
Shelves: hardboiled
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
Feb 22, 2014 Michael Donnelly rated it liked it
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.
Nov 09, 2013 Arthur rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jack Goodstein
Nov 15, 2014 Jack Goodstein rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Language and style are a bit pretentious, and Hopkins' intuitive powers stress the limits of credibility, but a fairly good read, nonetheless.
Jason Howlett
Jun 10, 2015 Jason Howlett rated it really liked it
Sparse, fast and violent but also glimpses of incredibly poetic writing. This early Ellroy novel has him sharpening the skills that will make the "L.A. Quartet" - Highly recommended
Jun 03, 2015 Dkolacinski rated it liked it
Adequate early work by Ellroy, with the darkness that permeates his later works already there. Part of a series.
Katie Sunsdahl
Jun 15, 2015 Katie Sunsdahl rated it did not like it
one of the worst books I have ever read. Could NOT finish it. Extremely stupid and poorly written.
Μου άφησε πολύ καλή εντύπωση με ίσως λίγο παραπάνω ένταση στο αίμα από το επιθυμητό και με τον Λοιντ ως βασικό αλλά αρκετά μπερδεμένο χαρακτήρα ως προς τα βιώματα και τις σκέψεις του.
Peter Shovlin
Jan 31, 2014 Peter Shovlin rated it really liked it
The first of three books about Lloyd Hopkins, a deranged yet brilliant cop that only Ellroy could have created. Twisted, dark, perfect.
It's Ellroy, bloody, disgusting at times, fast-paced, gritty, easy to read. Hahaha!
Feb 06, 2014 Semira rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-nook
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.
Zack Long
Jun 19, 2015 Zack Long rated it it was amazing
Ellroy, you have won a reader for life.
Juan Araizaga
Jun 24, 2015 Juan Araizaga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
3 días y 350 páginas después. Me encantó. Es porque sencillamente es James Ellroy. La crudeza en sus escritos se mantiene, pero sin esa pesada densidad de relatos anteriores. Es uno de sus libros que más ha gustado. Excelente final, ínter y desarrollo. El personaje principal es entrañable. Buena premisa y bien explotada. Se te va como agua. Un must para los amantes de novela negra.

Por supuesto que quiero leer los otros volúmenes. Espero que sean tan buenos como este.
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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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