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Brown's Requiem by James Ellroy
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Jan 29, 2012

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Read from December 12, 2011 to January 17, 2012

Ellory before Ellroy was Ellroy.

For fans this will be an interesting exploration of the early years, the Blue period, of the crime writer's career. A fairly standard noir procedural, with a sensitive but tough ex-cop protagonist, the interesting milieu of golf caddies, moments, hints of the kind of hyper-violence that erupts in his later work. The narrative voice doesn't have the broken, staccato snap of the later work, but this is a solid effort. Clearly an homage to earlier masters. Derivative and promising (my hindsight is 20/20).

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