Review of White Jazz by James Ellroy

White Jazz (L.A. Quartet, #4)White Jazz by James Ellroy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dwell in the fractured mind of a bent L.A cop.

This book is not for the squeamish. It is laced with violence, gore, racism, and brilliance. The first person narrative/stream of consciousness left me exhausted, as Ellroy packs more into a paragraph than most authors do into a chapter. The fragmented sentences and hard-hitting style add to the already high level of tension, making this a real page turner.

The ruthless Dave Klein is driven by greed and anger and has no redeeming side to his character other than protectiveness of his sister, which itself is engendered by an incestuous love.
All of the usual well-drawn characters are in there, including Ed Exley, Dudley Smith and, of course, Mickey Cohen.

Overall a great read if you are into that gritty, no-holds-barred noir style.

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