Clandestine

James Ellroy
Reading Order: Book 26
Categories: 2019, Stuart Browning
Pages: 346
Suggested By: Shnedwards
Date Started: August 14, 2019
Date Finished: August 23, 2019
Reason Book was Chosen: This book was offered to me as a bookray (check out bookcrossing.com for details) by my friend Shnedwards (bookcrossing pseudonym). I’d previously enjoyed The Black Dahlia (novel) and L.A. Confidential (film) both written by Ellroy so I accepted the offer. I’m keen to move along all the bookcrossing in my procession and I have a number of books from Shedwards which I’ve committed to reading by the end of the year.
My Thoughts

A wonderfully told gruesome detective / crime fiction novel. One of Ellroy’s first.  It’s a story of two halves really both actually exciting and unpredictable.

Rookie LA cop Fred Underhill who’s main interests are womanising and golf but who after the death of his partner he becomes obsessed with making it as a Detective.  His ambition leads him on a crazy path which ultimately ends up with him working a murder case with the famous Lieutenant Dudley Smith.  It doesn’t end well and his career is in tatters.  I don’t want to give any spoilers away but the second half is his redemption story.

A fun, gritty story that we are used to from Ellroy (L.A. Confidential, The Black Dhalia).

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