L.A. Confidential

  • Title: L.A. Confidential
  • Author: James Ellroy
  • ISBN: 9780099366713
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Paperback
  • L A Confidential Christmas Los Angeles a city where the police are as corrupt as the criminals Six prisoners are beaten senseless in their cells by cops crazed on alcohol For the three LAPD detectives involved
    Christmas 1951, Los Angeles a city where the police are as corrupt as the criminals Six prisoners are beaten senseless in their cells by cops crazed on alcohol For the three LAPD detectives involved, it will expose the guilty secrets on which they have built their corrupt and violent careers The novel takes these cops on a sprawling epic of brutal violence and the murdChristmas 1951, Los Angeles a city where the police are as corrupt as the criminals Six prisoners are beaten senseless in their cells by cops crazed on alcohol For the three LAPD detectives involved, it will expose the guilty secrets on which they have built their corrupt and violent careers The novel takes these cops on a sprawling epic of brutal violence and the murderous seedy side of Hollywood One of the best crime novels ever written, it is the heart of Ellroy s four novel masterpiece, the LA Quartet, and an example of crime writing at its most powerful.

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    About James Ellroy


    1. 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 Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book for 2001 Ellroy lives in Los Angeles.Ellroy is known for a telegraphic writing style, which omits words other writers would consider necessary, and often features sentence fragments His books are noted for their dark humor and depiction of American authoritarianism Other hallmarks of his work include dense plotting and a relentlessly pessimistic worldview Ellroy has been called the Demon Dog of American crime fiction See also name nm0255278


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    1. In the aftermath of the Bloody Christmas, the lives of three cops are forever entwined; Ed Exley, the by the book cop who is forever in his father's shadow, glory hound Jack Vincennes, and Bud White, the man forever avenging his dead mother. After six people are killed in the Nite Owl Massacre, can the three men co-exist working the same case or will they all go down in flames?L.A. Confidential is an epic crime tale spanning nearly a decade, a tale of corruption, greed, drugs, pornography, and m [...]

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    2. We’ve all heard of the Good-Cop/Bad-Cop routine, but when you read a James Ellroy novel it’s more like Bad-Cop/Worse-Cop/Crimes-Against-Humanity-Cop.This third installment in the L.A. Quartet introduces us to another trio of police officers who wouldn't last ten minutes on the job if there were smart phones in the 1950s which could have recorded their many misdeeds. Ed Exley is a brilliant detective, but his physical cowardice is exceeded only by his ruthless ambition. Bud White is a thug wh [...]

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    3. L.A. Confidential feels like the book that James Ellroy has been preparing for and working up to during his entire career up to this point. He takes all of the themes he explored in previous novels and packs them into a book that's an even larger, more epic tale of crime, perversion, and Hollywood corruption than any of his previous books. L.A. Confidential tells the story of three LAPD officers who are initially at odds with one another after the infamous Bloody Christmas police brutality scand [...]

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    4. 1) Yes, this was excellent.2) Yes, this was hard-boiled.3) Yes, this had confusing storylines.4) Yes, this book needed a list of characters (unless you have an incredible memory.) 5) Yes, I wanted to give this book a solid five stars. I have been wanting to read this great book for years, then when I saw I had 10 friends who read it, it became a must read now. Of those 10 friends, five gave it four stars and five five stars, so I knew it was great. Ellroy wrote The Black Dahalia which I loved, g [...]

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    5. Rollo TommasiBisogna essere in perfetta forma per leggere questo libro: occhi, cuore, cervello, fiato, nervi, fegato, stomaco. Ambientato nella Los Angeles degli anni ’50, è un romanzo intricatissimo, con una trama principale e decine di sottotrame che si intersecano, con tre protagonisti e una miriade di comprimari (poliziotti, gangster, divi del cinema, giornalisti, puttane, spacciatori, ecc.). Non affezionatevi troppo a qualcuno di loro, potrebbe essere fatto fuori una decina di pagine pi [...]

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    6. "Whatever you desire.""fe passage for ruthless men in love."Like Fight Club, 'L.A. Confidential' is one of those contemporary novels that provides a certain literary difficulty for readers who come to it AFTER the film dropped because the directors (David Fincher, Curtis Hanson) created such large, iconic images out of the novels. L.A. Confidential's major characters are all very similar to the movie, but there are some major omissions and changes made in the movie that keep Elloroy's urtext bot [...]

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    7. The never-ending parade of homogenous macho cops; the weak, dependable women - perfect victims for any crime; the overwhelmingly complex story line, sub-plot within sub-plot, twist upon twist - all that delivered in a flat, dry style. That's an Ellroy novel for you. I know that it's supposed to add up to this intricate, dark story interwoven with sex and violence and thus gripping, like nothing else. But I, frankly, was bored to death. The scheming was a tad too elaborate for my taste. After a w [...]

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    8. I had seen the superb movie many times (it's in my top five) before reading this book, and wondered how the two would compare. Ellroy's novel is also superb, and in some ways the movie reads directly from it (much of the dialogue is lifted verbatim) but there are huge differences. Fit into a couple hours and what feels like a year's worth of time, the movie is much more concise. The book is far more sprawling, taking place over almost a decade, connecting to both the prequel (The Big Nowhere, ou [...]

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    9. Since at least The Black Dahlia Ellroy has been kicking at the walls to the crime genre with a gleeful gleam in his eye, going for more and more setting, characters, scope and layers upon layers of plot as well as honing and shaping his prose into something more quick and lethal. The Big Nowhere was a major step in this direction and by the prologue of this book the walls are shattered and Ellroy's off and running with his sprawling vision of L.A. from '50 to '58 and an utterly complex series of [...]

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    10. Ellroy excels at depicting a realistic picture of Los Angeles in the late 40s and early 50s in this novel. Corrupt LAPD officers, pornographers, and mobsters all make an appearance, with not a little gore and sex thrown in for good measure. A great neo-noir novel (published in 1990).

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    11. No redemption in James Ellroy’s L.A. ConfidentialMore corrupted cops, conniving DAs, ruthless gangsters, psychopathic killers. Less truth and even less justice in the City of the Angels. Welcome to the world of James Ellroy. More setups, more cover-ups, more fall guys, more hush-hushes. Likeable characters? Not in this novel. Heroes and good guys? Sure, plenty in the news (besides here at Hush-Hush). Just don’t look in the closet or underneath the carpet. Redemption? Only if you’ve been li [...]

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    12. Un atroce fatto di sangue al quale fa seguito una inarrestabile esplosione di violenza; un'indagine che tra alti e bassi si prolunga per circa otto anni; una vicenda torbida che ha contorte ramificazioni anche nel passato e una serie nutritissima di personaggi coinvolti in maniera più o meno diretta. La complessità della trama, tortuosa come l'insospettabile rete di connivenze e responsabilità che verranno gradatamente alla luce, si regge su un impianto narrativo di assoluto rigore. Nulla è [...]

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    13. couldn't get past the racial epithets and cynicism about the human race. i read enough about such misery in headlines.

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    14. So, my first Ellroy and I can say with certainly that I'll be back. Make no mistake, this is a raw, brutal and uncompromising tale of crime, corruption and conspiracies interspersed with some harsh morality and scenes of shocking violence (view spoiler)[ the waste disposal scene - oh my! (hide spoiler)]. Despite the length of the book, Ellroy's prose is so abbreviated, so fast-paced, that it propels us through the story at a breakneck speed: it has energy and velocity and a kind of dynamism abou [...]

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    15. I can't do it. I hate the jivey style-- it tries too hard. It is a parody of itself. I know that white cops in the 50s were racist-- I get it-- but the racism is almost sadistic in this book. Like, did we really need all that detail? All those epithets? Really?Maybe I started reading this under false pretenses. I was like "Old Hollywood! True crime! Pavement-pounding cops!" I love the idea of L.A. in the 50s, the seedy underbelly of all that glamor. I love crime writing, I love portraits of kill [...]

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    16. Goduto molto. Come pure l'ottimo film che ha lanciato quell'attore sopravvalutato che è Russell Crowe.

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    17. The fiction I can think of, short-stories and novels, which is worse in prose than rendered on the screen includes, The Godfather, LA Confidential, The Duellists, possibly Ben-Hur. To Have and Have Not offers a case where the film shares the same title as the novella but is just different. One could argue that is true a lot, most movies are different from the literary sources, but to leave the thinking only that far would be a sign of mental laziness, a common condition among our contemporaries. [...]

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    18. In terms of perfection, I give this one a slight nod over The Black Dahlia, and the only reason I can give you is that I got that feeling as I was reading it. You just get this strong sensation that you are reading something great, something unique that will stand as the best of its type. Perhaps some of it is in retrospect, as I finished this long ago, and certainly the excellent movie helps the idea. (The movie is perhaps a classic of its type as well.)To give you an idea of how complex the pl [...]

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    19. L.A. Confidential begins by clearing away any hope you had left after the end of The Big Nowhere. Then Ellroy rubs his hands together and really gets going, with this shaggy, incredible novel of justice, violence, politicking, and redemption.Our LAPD trio here is Edmund "Ed" Exley, Wendell "Bud" White, and "Trashcan" Jack Vincennes. Vincennes is a consultant for the upright TV show Badge of Honor and the darling boy of Hush-Hush magazine, but even though he makes frequent appearances as a heroic [...]

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    20. I remember the movie from a while ago, and I do enjoy a good James Ellroy novel, so I was excited to read LA Confidential. To my surprised this book seems a bit all over the place, more so than usual and at times I struggled to keep up with what is happening. I know Ellroy likes to have a lot happening at his complex plots do come together but I did feel like it was a bit too much like a chore to keep up in this book. LA Confidential is about organized crime, politics, corruption, drugs, pornogr [...]

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    21. It should be noted this is a genre book, that the dark and twisted streets here aren't for everyone. If as a child you weren't willing to poke corpses with a stick or pick up rocks to watch the squirming, seething masses of insects swarm - maybe you should pass on Ellroy.Darker than dark, Ellroy's noir makes other noir books look like silver in comparison. He's true to his era - go watch some movies from the 50s if you don't agree. I'll wait. See how the slang was different? Yeah, that happens.A [...]

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    22. Mi chiedo sinceramente come possa aver letto questo libro solo a 25 anni compiutiL.A. Confidential è un pilastro. Punto.Uno di quei pilastri che TUTTI dovrebbero leggere, non so se rendo Crudo, cattivo, scorretto, impietoso ma intelligente, adrenalico e CAVOLI se è un "OMG"!. Nota di grande biasimo per il traduttore che spero stia passando il resto della sua vita a Guantanamo per crimini contro l'umanità, perché se avessi voluto un libro tradotto come avrebbe potuto fare un cane usando googl [...]

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    23. imponente e ambizioso, nella struttura: trame e sottotrame, storie intricatissime che s'intrecciano e si ricongiungono nel finale che risolve ogni interrogativo e chiude il cerchio. personaggi che sono, allo stesso tempo, archetipici e vivi: poliziotti corrotti, gangster, spacciatori di qualunque cosa e sostanza, prostitute (nessuno è come sembra, poi- e questo li rende umani). impianto narrativo d'altri tempi ma stile da romanzo di genere- ecco il voto appena più basso di quel che dovrebbe es [...]

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    24. Aneddoto: tanti, tantissimi anni fa, quando ancora non avevo quasi mai letto thriller, mi fu regalato "Io uccido" di Faletti. Mi piacque molto e mi colpì soprattutto lo stile. Quando, tempo dopo, iniziai a leggere Deaver mi resi conto che quello stile che avevo trovato così nuovo e interessante era, in realtà, derivato (con una perdita nel processo, c'è da dirlo) proprio dal buon Jeffery; Faletti (che era anche amico di Deaver) era figlio dello stile e della narrazione dell'autore statuniten [...]

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    25. I loved this book. I'm probably going to mainline the rest of the series in short order. Ellroy's writing style is fantastic: concise and punchy, with only the bare minimum words needed to communicate the message. I've never read anything quite like it, and it's already had an impact on my writing style. Why only four stars? I'm not a big reader of the crime genre, and I wasn't prepared for the density and intricacy of this plot. Honestly, I had only a general idea of what was going on most of t [...]

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    26. Perhaps I've been reading too many Agatha Christies, but this one defeated me almost from the word go.Now I really enjoyed 'The Black Dahlia' by the same author, so I couldn't quite understand what my problem was with 'L.A. Confidential' - such a famous title, and all that.I thought I could deal with the 1950s west coast cop and narco jargon - though it comes at you like a hail of bullets - not easy for a Limey accustomed to bobbies armed strictly with truncheons and the occasional "Cor blimey". [...]

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    27. I was debating between 3/5 or 4/5I'd go with 3.5/5 if I could. But as good as Ellroy is, L.A. Confidential seems really structurally problematic to me. The plotting is insanely intricate, yes, which isn't really a demerit in itself. Ellroy is such a plot machinist that at times it is impossible to keep up with him. And I'm not entirely sure that he kept up with himself, in this case. But for most of the way I was happily trusting him and letting myself get swept up in the world of the story. Unt [...]

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    28. Reading this made me appreciate just how good a job the screenwriters did when adapting it for film. Don't get me wrong, the book is good--suspenseful, expansive, a proper *big* novel--but it feels, particularly at the end, like everything including the bloodied kitchen sink has gone into it. Drugs? Check. Prostitution? Check. Child molesters, women haters, police corruption, organised crime, Los Angeles highway system? Cheeeeck. Also, a few of the characters feel like near-carbon copies of each [...]

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    29. The first thing that strikes you about this book is the writing style. The staccato, abbreviated language that Ellroy uses in this book takes some getting used to. But, it's perfect for this down and dirty noir story of LA cops in the 1950's. This is story of corruption, greed, extortion, pornography and murder (plus a whole lot more). I would not read this unless you are comfortable with the language that was commonplace in the 1950's. The first few pages alone pile on the racial and ethnic slu [...]

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    30. In my view one of only very few modern classics, a powerful, profane, terrifying yet often hilarious morality play, set against the most unique city in the world in its heyday. It uses much the same technique as American Tabloid in its use of 3 main characters and points of view who eventually rediscover a kind of skewed decency in a world of almost stupefying corruption. And in the end, most of the less culpable characters receive some satisfying justice in the shape of their own shame becoming [...]

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