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5.0 out of 5 stars Autobiography meets Chandler in Ellroy's first novel
Written soon after Ellroy quit drinking, quit speeding and quit various other unmentionable habits, this is his first novel and it displays the same obsessions with the underside of LA life that colour all his other work. At times the plot is reminiscent of Raymond Chandler - particularly "The Little Sister" and "The Long Goodbye" - but the tone is...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced update on a classic model of crime-fiction
At one point in this novel, Ellroy even name-drops Marlowe, the classic creation of Raymond Chandler. And to some extent this book is a modern update on Chandler's classic model. Nothing wrong with that: the book is fast-paced, twists this way and that, and has some of the brutal description and style which Ellroy developed in his later novels, such as the Dudley Smith...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Autobiography meets Chandler in Ellroy's first novel, 1 Oct 2001
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This review is from: Brown's Requiem (Paperback)
Written soon after Ellroy quit drinking, quit speeding and quit various other unmentionable habits, this is his first novel and it displays the same obsessions with the underside of LA life that colour all his other work. At times the plot is reminiscent of Raymond Chandler - particularly "The Little Sister" and "The Long Goodbye" - but the tone is considerably darker throughout, though the prose is not quite as bloodstained as his later LA Quartet. On the plus side, the plot is rather clearer than some of his later books and this may be rather more rewarding to casual readers than (say) White Jazz or The Cold Six Thousand...
An excellent thriller that sets the agenda for Ellroy's next 20 years of writing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing, interesting, brutal, full of LA slang, 17 Dec 1998
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This review is from: Brown's Requiem (Paperback)
As a first novel, this semi-autobiographical story about a part-time undercover private eye is interesting and eventful. Taking the reader on a journey from the US to Mexico and back again, Ellroy never stops packing the punches. An ex-alcoholic, ex-cop, car repo man/private eye is hired by a golf caddy to investigate his innocent sister and the much older guy she lives with as friends. This leads to much murder and mayhem, dragging in cops, caddies and other odd characters along the way. It is almost unput-downable, but not quite. Having read this novel, however, I now intend to read more of his work, so that has to have made some good impression. P.S. the LA slang can be a bit confusing at times to a Brit like me!
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4.0 out of 5 stars OPUS ONE, 19 Feb 2003
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This review is from: Brown's Requiem (Paperback)
Published in 1981, this novel marked the beginning of the literary career of James Ellroy. A certain number of themes one will find in later novels are already present in BROWN'S REQUIEM : the "Black Dahlia" mystery, corruption in the L.A.P.D., a fascinating serial killer or the main character searching for redemption.
I liked a lot the unusual descriptions of the world of the golf's caddies or the immoderate love of Fritz Brown for classical music. For a first novel, it's clearly a winner and I recommend it to those of you who want to discover the venomous world of James Ellroy.
A book for Tiger.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced update on a classic model of crime-fiction, 31 Mar 2001
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This review is from: Brown's Requiem (Paperback)
At one point in this novel, Ellroy even name-drops Marlowe, the classic creation of Raymond Chandler. And to some extent this book is a modern update on Chandler's classic model. Nothing wrong with that: the book is fast-paced, twists this way and that, and has some of the brutal description and style which Ellroy developed in his later novels, such as the Dudley Smith trio.
There is plenty of intrigue to keep you reading, although the classical music references wear thin and badly researched. However, for Ellroy's great contribution to the genre, read his later stuff first.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good debut, 18 Oct 1999
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This review is from: Brown's Requiem (Paperback)
This book is slightly disappointing read if you have already sampled some of Ellroy's later work. Topics that will become Ellroy preoccupations are in evidence e.g. the mentions of the Black Dahlia case, and Tijuana animal porn. It is easy to trace Ellroy's development as an author from this book after reading some of his later classics e.g L.A. Confidential. A good first read for people not familiar with his work but, as his introduction admits, Ellroy wants you to read his books cronologically and see how they get progressively better.
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