White Jazz by James Ellroy audiobook

White Jazz: A Novel

By James Ellroy
Read by Jerry Orbach

Random House Audio
2.92 Hours Abridged
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    ISBN: 9780739354438

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.

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Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This is far and away his best book yet…Always master of painting the dark portrait, Ellroy put down his broad brush for a shark pen…He’s stripped down the language to a hard cutting tool.” Associated Press
Riveting. . . . Impossible to put down. . . . An author who breaks all the rules. He's a kamikaze pilot on a collision course with hell. The pen moves madly across the page. . . . A book that is one long scream of rage and emptiness and longing. The News and Observer
Riffling, rolling, reeling. . . . Ellroy's best. The Denver Post
White Jazz makes previous detective fiction read like Dr. Seuss. San Francisco Examiner
One of the great American writers of our time. Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Compelling and intense…Sizzles with realism and detail. White Jazz is filled with heat—and is Ellroy at his best.” Cleveland Plain Dealer
“An undeniably artful frenzy of violence, guilt, and unappeased self-loathing. Ellroy’s crime fiction represents a high mark in the genre.” Newsday
“A sweet fix for addicts. Ellroy cuts the extraneous, chiseling everything to the bone. Klein’s first person account dovetails perfectly with the characters’ dialogue, creating a sealed world of hipsters and criminals where light rarely enters. And the tempo is way beyond snappy; it’s frenetic.” New York Daily News
“Rapid-fire storytelling.” Village Voice
“This is the ugliest, rawest, grimiest piece of work you’ll read in a long time. You’ll want to wash your hands after many of the chapters. But you won’t want to stop reading.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution
White Jazz makes previous detective fiction read like Dr. Seuss.” San Francisco Examiner

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Author Bio: James Ellroy

Author Bio: James Ellroy

James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His LA Quartet novels—The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz—were international bestsellers. American Tabloid was Time’s Novel of the Year for 1995, and his memoir My Dark Places was a Time Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book for 1996. He lives on the California coast.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 2.92
Audience: Adult
Language: English