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Suicide Hill (Lloyd Hopkins #3)

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  872 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
Detective Sergeant Lloyd Hopkins is the most brilliant homicide detective in the Los Angeles Police Department and one of its most troubled. In his obsessive mission to protect the innocent, there is no line he won’t cross. Estranged from his wife and daughters and on the verge of being drummed out of the department for his transgressions, Hopkins is assigned to investigat ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 8th 2006 by Vintage (first published 1985)
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Greg
Aug 16, 2010 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suicide Hill is a crappy name for a book, and the third book in James Ellroy's Lloyd Hopkins series of books. The title of the books i just shitty, I don't know what I would name the book, but the title is blah. Sorry, demon dog.

I don't know anything about James Ellroy's motivation at the time of this book being written. The cover of the mass-market I read says a Lloyd Hopkins Novel, as if that were being used as a selling point. I get the feeling that Lloyd Hopkins was an attempt to create a r
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Josh
Jan 26, 2016 Josh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, read_2016
In SUICIDE HILL, James Ellroy puts the emphasis on a wayward bank robber and his delusional dream of converting a junkie into a rock star prone to tricking to feed her habit, rather than the tainted series protagonist Lloyd Hopkins which gives the last installment in the Lloyd Hopkins trilogy a distinctly unique feel to its predecessors. Hopkins, is once again a man on a mission to deliver justice by any means. His sense of right and wrong, while slightly warped add an air of unpredictability to ...more
Julio
Apr 05, 2012 Julio rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terror
Mucho menos ambiciosa y compleja que las fabulosas L.A. Confidencial o La Dalia Negra, mantiene sin embargo el ambiente negro, descarnado y cruel, dibujado metódicamente con una prosa hecha de frases cortas y ajenas, y personajes fríos, patéticos y miserables, aún si notablemente inteligentes. Como en sus grandes novelas, da la impresión que Ellroy no inventa una historia sino que describe minuciosamente algo de lo que ha sido personalmente testigo. La historia es un encontronazo mortal entre un ...more
Tim Niland
Aug 17, 2014 Tim Niland rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
The third and culminating book in the Lloyd Hopkins series sees the brilliant Detective sidelined by an LAPD psychiatrist's report that he is unfit for duty and should be forced into an early retirement. While those plans are in motion, Hopkins is assigned to assist an FBI agent on bank robbery duty. While this is happening, Ellroy builds a parallel narrative, in which three men hatch plans to rob Hollywood banks. The first robberies are fairly mundane, but the third explodes into a horrorshow o ...more
Matteo Pellegrini

Lloyd Hopkins, investigatore della squadra omicidi della polizia di Los Angeles, è il migliore poliziotto di tutta la città, ma è stato accusato di abuso di potere dai suoi superiori. Viene quindi declassato alla sezioni rapine e furti. Nel frattempo Duane Rice, giovane delinquente e ladro di auto, esce di galera e prepara delle rapine in banca durante la quale, assieme ai suoi complici, due fratelli messicani, uccide due poliziotti, tra cui il figlio di un capo della polizia, Gaffaney. Quest'ul

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Raegan Butcher
Apr 12, 2008 Raegan Butcher rated it liked it
Another fast tough crime novel from JAmes Ellroy. Unlike his more famous books, this one is set in the present day. But the updating of the scenery doesn't get in the way of his muscular prose. James Ellroy kicks mighty big butt!
Guy
Feb 25, 2009 Guy rated it liked it
Derde en laatste deel van de Lloyd Hopkins Trilogy, boeken die, net als Clandestine en Brown’s Requiem, al laten voelen dat Ellroy geen doorsnee misdaadauteur is, maar nog niet opmerkelijk genoeg zijn om te kunnen spreken van uitzonderlijke werken. Na Suicide Hill zou nog een tussendoortje volgen (het eigenaardige Killer On The Road), waarna Ellroy uiteindelijk zou uithalen met zijn geweldige L.A. Quartet (The Black, Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential en White Jazz), stuk voor stuk uitst ...more
Jeff
May 25, 2013 Jeff rated it liked it
The wrap-up to Ellroy's Lloyd Hopkins trilogy winds up with Ellroy figuring out the next-to-last of the tools he needs: structuring his book around multiple protagonists and how their desires weave together to form a larger tapestry of crime and redemption.

I've got a few more of Ellroy's early books to read but from what I can tell the last, and arguably greatest, decision Ellroy makes--to eschew contemporaneousness and set all of his books forty years behind the times--is a decision made outsid
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Benedetta Marinetti
Volevo conoscere questo scrittore, così amato da mio marito, e mi ritengo soddisfatta come primo libro.
Personaggi "curati" nei dettagli caratteriali, psicopatici d'autore, ognuno col suo lato nero con cui convivere. E i cattivi? Da che parte stanno?! Dalla "giustizia" o dalla "strada"?
Ognuno ha la sua fetta di gloria.
Un genere comunque che mi sono sempre rifiutata di scegliere -se potevo-; al momento il mio interesse è tutto per l'autore.
Scritti da Ellroy ne leggerò ancora.
Dean Marquis
Mar 05, 2014 Dean Marquis rated it really liked it
the thing that differs Ellroy from other story tellers is that is villian is the constant. hereos come and go but the villian stays the same. here in loyd hopkins he has the opposite. loyd hopkins is the genius / sociopath which makes him borderline bipolar. he cant get along with anyone at work but thats okay because they would just get in his way. loyd says he has to protect woman but he had no problem seducing them, which fits his personality perfectly.
Anthony Mitchell
Mar 17, 2015 Anthony Mitchell rated it it was amazing
A solid crime thriller from James Ellroy who pulls no punches in this one. The seedy L.A. hell of lies and corruption with occasional misconstrued justice is Ellroy's trademark and he exhibits it well in this tale of one crazed divorced cop and a handful of criminals(some without badges) intersecting at various points with bloody endings and few new beginnings. A must read for any crime fiction fan.
Sarah
Nov 05, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was decent for most writers, but mediocre for Ellroy. It was, however, interesting to see him becoming - you can almost see the man that would eventually come to write LA Confidential in these pages, see some of the themes that would become the subjects of all of his work touched upon.

I do think this one got tied up in too neat a bow. Perhaps that was what his publisher wanted, perhaps it was what Ellroy thought his readers wanted. Either way, the tidy red bow on the bloody trilogy do
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Indah Threez Lestari
Nov 30, 2014 Indah Threez Lestari rated it it was ok
Shelves: in-english, punya
1033 - 2014

Argh. Aku terlalu berharap banyak.

Mana coverna nggak cocok buat taun 1980-an lagi...
Dkolacinski
Jun 09, 2015 Dkolacinski rated it liked it
Somewhat formulaic. Would make a good TV movie.
Peter Shovlin
Jan 31, 2014 Peter Shovlin rated it really liked it
As good as gritty cop books get - if only Ellroy had kept Hopkins going beyond three books
Doug
Aug 09, 2014 Doug rated it it was ok
Crude in every way. Not satisfying.
Lee
Mar 03, 2013 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another earlier Ellroy novel lives up to the Devil Dog's reputation for fast-paced, suspenseful punch in the mouth action. There's a hill, it's called Suicide Hill, and a (alleged, by, well I won't spoil it for you. Stop at "alleged") suicide. Great Thomas Lux poem opens the book, like an apercu on Ellroy's literary work as a whole:

You're alone and you know a few things.

The stars are pinholes; slits in the hangman's mask


Them, rats, snakes;

the chased and chasers--
Dinah
Jun 23, 2014 Dinah rated it it was ok
pretty crummy
MJH1987
Jan 18, 2016 MJH1987 rated it it was ok
Shakey 3/5. Borderline 2/5. Enjoyable only if you are a completist who just had to read everything Ellroy put out or an Ellroy fan who wanted to see the early genesis of his work. It's set in 1980s L.A. but feels like a weird 1950s hybrid. If you've never read any of his work start with the L.A. quartet and avoid this until you've formed an opinion.
Leo
Feb 23, 2009 Leo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-mystery
I loved this book and couldn't put it down. It's probably because I haven't read Ellroy in so long, but it definitely has the tight complicated conspiracy, rough violence, and bullet ridden dialogue of the L.A. Quartet. My biggest issue is the cover. Why are there men with fedoras on the cover? This book takes place in the 80's and seems just fine.
Junio
Mar 03, 2009 Junio rated it liked it
Another audiobook I "read." The only James Ellroy book that I've read that took place in the 80's. The 80's were a really grimy time that really works well as a setting for him. It's a really plain narrative structure compared to other books by him. Also, excellent narration in the audiobook.
Joseph
Jan 20, 2008 Joseph rated it really liked it
Of the two Lloyd Hopkins books I read, this is by far the best. This is also probably his best early novel. The story plots along for the first half and then goes totally insane. The end is bittersweet in a way Ellroy's books rarely are.
Erin
Oct 23, 2009 Erin rated it it was ok
Lots of action with little difference between the "good guys" and the "bad guys". Unfortunately a lot of foul language and violence also. I had a hard time really caring about any of the characters. But it was a quick read.
Mark
Nov 04, 2012 Mark added it
A good entry level book for Ellroy Beginners-since Ellroy's plots are pretty byzantine its nice to be able to follow one protagonist.If you read all three in the series you can see how his sense of character grew and exploded.
William Thomas
Jul 26, 2010 William Thomas rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime
A definite miss for Elroy. Confuses his 50's slang in this late 80's setting and makes the book soun as if it is having an identity crisis. Comes across as a more hard-edged Elmore Leonard, but that really isn't saying much.
John Devlin
Jun 04, 2007 John Devlin rated it liked it
Ellroy before he became a phenom. Tightly drawn characters battling for some crude sense of justice and sanity in a world where the world turns a deaf ear to depravity as long as it's on the side of the Law.
Mdutch
Oct 10, 2015 Mdutch rated it liked it
Not my favorite Ellroy book, but still one of my favorite crime authors.
Brian Fagan
Mar 14, 2012 Brian Fagan rated it it was ok
For hardcore Ellroy fans only. There isn't an ounce of the genius you see later in his memoirs, LA Quartet novels or his Underworld Trilogy. It's very generic.
Alexander Nader
Aug 19, 2013 Alexander Nader rated it liked it
This was the third Ellroy book I've read and my least favorite. Its not bad, but it is nowhere near on the same level as Black Dahlia or White Jazz
Caitlin
Aug 10, 2011 Caitlin rated it did not like it
Found there to be too much rape, etc so I had to put it down. I'll try it again but you have to be in the mood for that kind of violence.
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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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