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The Film was great, the book is sheer brilliance.,
By A Customer
This review is from: L.A. Confidential (Film Tie in) (Paperback)
LA 1951: 'A city where the police are as corrupt as the criminals', says the tagline for the movie version. The movie was great, the book is a sheer brilliance. Ellroy is a master at creating intensely twisted plots and graphic detail. Following a ruthless beating of six prisoners in police cells by drunken cops a chain of events unfolds to disclose an unwanted truth behind the LA police force, powerful politicians and the mob. For the first few pages you have no idea what is going on. I had to re-read the introduction so I could get up to speed with the authentic dialogue. If you're a would-be novelist, and we all are this is the kind of book that's makes you say 'I can't write like that' such is the complexity and attention to detail. But technical ability aside, Ellroy has the one thing that all crime fiction should ouse, and that's style. Remember, dear reader, you heard it first here - off the record, on the Q.T. and very Hush-Hush.