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Blood's a Rover by James Ellroy
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Aug 26, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: series-i-ve-finished
Read from October 07 to 15, 2011

This trilogy seriously goes downhill after the excellent "American Tabloid." Not only does the writing style become increasingly more inscrutable (especially in the second book, "The Cold Six Thousand") but the characters become less well-defined and difficult to care about, and the historical stakes they're dealing with get far lower.

Whereas the first book deals largely with the JFK assassination and the lead-up to it (feeding into conspiracy theories and making the reader really think about what they think they know), here we get an armored car robbery, some stolen emeralds, something about voodoo, and the infiltration of some small-time black militant groups.

Basically, a bunch of stuff happens in this book, everyone turns on everyone else, and some historical figures seem to play zero role in anything.

My advice: read "American Tabloid," then don't bother with the other two.
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