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White Jazz

Ellroy, James

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1992
ISBN 10: 0679414495 / ISBN 13: 9780679414490
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Title: White Jazz

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First American Edition.

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Cloth-backed paper over boards, upper board stamped in silver. Corners bumped; silver (upper board) rubbed. Dust jacket a little rubbed on rear panel. Bookseller Inventory # MR3379

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Synopsis: 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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Review: "A vivid, enthralling read... James Ellroy is the outstanding American crime writer of his generation" ( Independent)

"Recent novels by the likes of Carl Hiassen, Andrew Vachss and George V Higgins have at best been treading water. James Ellroy may be the exception. He seems in less danger of burnout than of going supernova" ( New Statesman and Society)

"One of the great American writers of our time" ( Los Angeles Times Book Review)

" White Jazz makes previous detective fiction read like Dr. Seuss" ( San Francisco Examiner)

"Riffling, rolling, reeling . . . Ellroy's best" ( The Denver Post)

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