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).