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L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy
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Jul 25, 12

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Read from February 12 to 16, 2012 — I own a copy

Frantic, bloody and disturbing. The plot is basically rather typical noir (corruption, localised world, anti-hero against all odds) but Ellroy's prose is so forceful and concise that the material becomes immediate and visceral. The sparseness of his writing style adds to the vividness, and large chunks of the novel read as though they were cinematic/theatrical descriptions (ironic considering the rather uninspiring film adaptation). Highly recommended, with the caveat that the over-the-top racism, sexism and violence make this by no means a pleasant read (but this is contextually justified, rather than for simple shock value).
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