L.A. Confidential

L.A. Confidential
Author: James Ellroy
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Total Pages: 459
Release: 2013-01-01
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1455528749

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L.A. Confidential is epic "noir", a crime novel of astonishing detail and scope written by the bestselling author of The Black Dahlia. A horrific mass murder invades the lives of victims and victimizers on both sides of the law. And three lawmen are caught in a deadly spiral, a nightmare that tests loyalty and courage, and offers no mercy, grants no survivors. (124,000 words)

The L.A. Quartet

The L.A. Quartet
Author: James Ellroy
Publisher: Everyman's Library
Total Pages: 1414
Release: 2019-06-04
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 110190805X

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Here in one volume is James Ellroy's first great body of work, an epic re-envisioning of postwar Los Angeles--etched in red and black and film-noir grays. The Black Dahlia depicts the secret infrastructure of L.A.'s most sensational murder case. A young cop morphs into obsessed lover and lust-crazed avenger. The Dahlia claims him. She is the deus ex machina of a boomtown in extremis. The cop's rogue investigation is a one-way ticket to hell. The Big Nowhere blends the crime novel and the political novel. It is winter, 1950--and the L.A. County Grand Jury is out to slam movieland Reds. It's a reverential shuck--and the three cops assigned to the job are out to grab all the glory they can. A series of brutal sex killings intervenes, and the job goes all-the-way bad. L.A. Confidential is the great novel of Los Angeles in the 1950s. Political corruption. Scandal-rag journalism. Bad racial juju and gangland wars. Six local stiffs slaughtered in an all-night hash house. The glorious and overreaching LAPD on an unprecedented scale. White Jazz gives us the tortured confession of a corrupt cop going down for the count. He's a slumlord, a killer, a parasitic exploiter. He's a pawn in a series of police power plays and starting to see that he's being had. He's just met a woman. Thus, he's determined to claw his way out of the horrifying world he's created--and he's determined to tell us everything. The L.A. Quartet is a groundbreaking work of American popular fiction.

The Real L.A. Confidential

The Real L.A. Confidential
Author: Pete Noyes
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2010-10-11
Genre: Crime
ISBN: 9781451526141

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"The Real L.A. Confidential" by Pete Noyes covers more than a half-century of investigative reporting by one of the nation's most honored newsmen. It provides startling new information about some of L.A.'s most notorious cases including the "Black Dahlia," "Bugsy" Siegel, Charles Manson and O.J. Simpson murders. Noyes tells how a bribe paid to a high government official got a condemned rapist off "Death Row." How a serial killer who worked for the Los Angeles Times was a winning contestant on TV's "Dating Game." Noyes takes a hard look at the Roman Polanski child-rape case and the death of Michael Jackson. He tackles the thorny issue of corruption at City Hall and tells how one of the world's richest men bought himself an L.A. mayor. Equally intriguing is the story of a con man who dressed up as a beautiful redhead, did his spiel on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show" and charmed investors into pouring millions of dollars into a bogus three wheel car. He tells the spellbinding story of the beautiful actress at Columbia Studios, the personal friend of a future President, who vanished in 1947. And he writes about L.A.'s own version of the disaster at Three Mile Island, a nuclear meltdown in the hills north of L.A.that was covered up by the government for 20 years. Noyes was honored with TV's highest award, the Peabody, as well as 10 Emmys, and two Edward R. Murrow citations. His 1973 book, "Legacy of Doubt" was widely acclaimed as the first work to link organized crime to the assassination of President John Kennedy. Pete began his career on the military newspaper, Pacific Stars and Stripes during the Korean War. He has worked for several newspapers and all of the four of the major TV networks.

The Big Nowhere

The Big Nowhere
Author: James Ellroy
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Total Pages: 534
Release: 2013-01-01
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1455528757

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The D. A.'s brass, a sheriff's deputy, and a rough-and-tumble bagman are unknowingly chasing a nightmare in this thrilling novel from the author of "some of the most powerful crime novels ever written" (New York Times). Los Angeles, 1950 Red crosscurrents: the Commie Scare and a string of brutal mutilation killings. Gangland intrigue and Hollywood sleaze. Three cops caught in a hellish web of ambition, perversion, and deceit. Danny Upshaw is a Sheriff's deputy stuck with a bunch of snuffs nobody cares about; they're his chance to make his name as a cop...and to sate his darkest curiosities. Mal Considine is D.A.'s Bureau brass. He's climbing on the Red Scare bandwagon to advance his career and to gain custody of his adopted son, a child he saved from the horror of postwar Europe. Buzz Meeks-bagman, ex-Narco goon, and pimp for Howard Hughes-is fighting communism for the money. All three men have purchased tickets to a nightmare.

Clandestine

Clandestine
Author: James Ellroy
Publisher: Vintage
Total Pages: 450
Release: 2021-02-16
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0593312236

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In James Ellroy's riveting second novel, an ambitious beat cop is hot on the trail of a serial killer who frequents L.A. dive bars and preys on the fallen women he finds there. Los Angeles, 1951. For Officer Fred Underhill, the job is all about the wonder, an elusive quality he finds while dealing with the city’s drunks, hopheads, gunsels, and burglars. When he’s not reveling in the glory of cleaning up the streets, he’s on the green or scoring women. But Underhill’s ambition and allegiance to the badge get the better of him when a grim opportunity to prove his worth arises. Catching a serial strangler who is snuffing out women would all but ensure his place at the top. As he climbs his way up, the hungry rookie wheels and deals with some of the force’s most unscrupulous officers, and when the case goes sideways and fast, the eyes of the very law he serves will be trained on him. Now Underhill’s only chance to redeem himself is to pick up the trail of the soulless killer and close the case himself.

White Jazz

White Jazz
Author: James Ellroy
Publisher: Vintage
Total Pages: 369
Release: 2011-06-29
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0307798429

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The internationally acclaimed author of the L.A. Quartet and The Underworld USA Trilogy, James Ellroy, presents another literary noir masterpiece of historical paranoia. Los Angeles, 1958. Killings, beatings, bribes, shakedowns--it's standard procedure for Lieutenant Dave Klein, LAPD. He's a slumlord, a bagman, an enforcer--a power in his own small corner of hell. Then the Feds announce a full-out investigation into local police corruption, and everything goes haywire. Klein's been hung out as bait, "a bad cop to draw the heat," and the heat's coming from all sides: from local politicians, from LAPD brass, from racketeers and drug kingpins--all of them hell-bent on keeping their own secrets hidden. For Klein, "forty-two and going on dead," it's dues time. Klein tells his own story--his voice clipped, sharp, often as brutal as the events he's describing--taking us with him on a journey through a world shaped by monstrous ambition, avarice, and perversion. It's a world he created, but now he'll do anything to get out of it alive. Fierce, riveting, and honed to a razor edge, White Jazz is crime fiction at its most shattering.

Confidential

Confidential
Author: Meir Doron
Publisher:
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2011
Genre: Businessmen
ISBN: 9780615433813

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Describes the life of the Hollywood personality who led a double life as a spy for Israel involved in secret negotiations for that country's nuclear arsenal while he was working as a Hollywood producer for high-profile movies.

L.A. Noir

L.A. Noir
Author: John Buntin
Publisher: Crown
Total Pages: 442
Release: 2010-04-06
Genre: True Crime
ISBN: 0307352080

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Now the TNT Original Series MOB CITY Midcentury Los Angeles. A city sold to the world as "the white spot of America," a land of sunshine and orange groves, wholesome Midwestern values and Hollywood stars, protected by the world’s most famous police force, the Dragnet-era LAPD. Behind this public image lies a hidden world of "pleasure girls" and crooked cops, ruthless newspaper tycoons, corrupt politicians, and East Coast gangsters on the make. Into this underworld came two men—one L.A.’ s most notorious gangster, the other its most famous police chief—each prepared to battle the other for the soul of the city.

Black Dahlia Avenger

Black Dahlia Avenger
Author: Steve Hodel
Publisher: Skyhorse
Total Pages: 465
Release: 2015-02-03
Genre: True Crime
ISBN: 1628725966

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For Viewers of the TNT Series I Am the Night and Fans of the Root of Evil Podcast, the Bestselling Book That Revealed the Shocking Identity of the Black Dahlia Killer and the Police Corruption That Concealed It for So Long A New York Times Bestseller An International Bestseller A New York Times Notable Book An Edgar Award Finalist In 1947, the brutal, sadistic murder of a beautiful young woman named Elizabeth Short led to the largest manhunt in LA history. The killer teased and taunted the police and public for weeks, but his identity stayed a mystery, and the murder remained the most tantalizing unsolved case of the last century, until this book revealed the bizarre solution. Steve Hodel, a retired LAPD detective who was a private investigator, took up the case, reviewing the original evidence and records as well as those of a separate grand jury investigation into a series of murders of single women in LA at the time. The prime suspect had in fact been identified, but never indicted. Why? And who was he? In an account that partakes both of LA Confidential and Zodiac, for the corruption it exposes and the insight it offers into a serial killer’s mind, Hodel demonstrates that there was a massive police cover-up. Even more shocking, he proves that the murderer, a true-life Jekyll and Hyde who was a highly respected member of society by day and a psychopathic killer by night, was his own father. This edition of the book includes new findings and photographs added after the original publication, together with a new postscript by the author.

The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man

The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man
Author: Mark Hodder
Publisher: Pyr
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2011-03-22
Genre:
ISBN: 1616143606

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Mark Hodder's second Burton & Swinburne steampunk adventure, following the acclaimed The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack, is filled with eccentric steam-driven technology, grotesque characters, and a deepening mystery. When a clockwork-powered man of brass is found abandoned in Trafalgar Square, Burton and his assistant, the wayward poet Algernon Swinburne, find themselves on the trail of the stolen Garnier Collection--black diamonds rumored to be fragments of the Lemurian Eye of Naga, a meteorite that fell to Earth in prehistoric times. From a haunted mansion to the Bedlam madhouse, from South America to Australia, from séances to a secret labyrinth, Burton struggles with shadowy opponents and his own inner demons. Can the king's agent expose a plot that threatens to rip the British Empire apart, leading to an international conflict the like of which the world has never seen? And what part does the clockwork man have to play? From the Trade Paperback edition.