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L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy
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Mar 15, 2010

really liked it
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Read from March 26 to April 08, 2010

If you've watched the movie, you know only a fraction of the story (and a variation of it at that). Despite it's nearly 500 page length, the book was a fairly quick read. The beginning felt a bit slow, but the pace picks up throughout until it's nearly a sprint to the end. It got harder and harder to put the book down. The only challenges are 1) keeping the 100+ characters straight and 2) understanding the 50s slang.

There aren't any clear-cut good guys here, and only a few definite bad guys. Most of the characters are somewhere in between, though most will lean more one way than the other. In the end it's difficult to really like anyone.

Ellroy's prose is very concise. There is a lot crammed into the 500 pages of this book. Don't expect to find flowery descriptions here; nothing like "The smoke hung over his head like a foggy San Fransisco day." At times it's almost like reading bullet points. It could be off-putting to some, but I liked it.

The story is very complex and it can be hard to read this book in short bursts. But in the end I think it's a worthwhile read. Gritty, gruesome and dark yes, but a good story with interesting (and highly flawed) characters.

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