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Promised much, but didn't fulfil
on 19 May 2001
I was looking forward to reading this trilogy with great anticipation. Having only recently found Ellroy, I am rapidly devouring everything he's written. The first book in the trilogy,'Blood on the Moon' seemed to encompass everything I have come to know and love about Ellroy's work. The flawed hero, made human through he's weaknesses, a series of horrific crimes, a bleak dark view of LA wonderfully evoked. 'Blood on the Moon' is a great book.
It's just a shame that the concluding two thirds of the trilogy left me empty. For the character of Lloyd Hopkins, when it's bad it just keeps getting worse. The stories seems more fanciful and contrived, plot comes second to Hopkins. Hopkins problems drive the character, becoming more important than showing any real growth or development.
In the end I was disappointed, everything that marks Ellroy as one of the truely great crime writers is here, but the elemts just didn't end up working together. The experience hasn't stopped me reading Ellroy, or loving his work. This trilogy just ends up being below his usually high excellent standard.