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On The QT,
This review is from: LA Confidential (Mass Market Paperback)
It is highly recommended that you get acquainted with Ellroy's world by reading The Black Dahlia and/or The Big Nowhere before LA Confidential-not least so to pay respect to one of his best characters, Buzz Meeks, who appears very briefly in LA Confidential. It is a heavily subjective world in which you get the impression that the city, the time of the early 50's and LA's inhabitants are mostly fodder for Ellroy's omnivorous personal mission. So, for me, it's not strictly just about newspapers, showbiz or policemen but rather is more like tearing a (personal?) set of myths and suppositions apart to expose what motivates and festers inside. Wonderful. Maybe one day I'll read his bio.
Sometimes it IS like reading a phone directory, so many names are incessantly tossed your way, some useful, some distracting, badgering. I like this (and found it useful to dogear many pages where I felt this was happening, for future reference!) but some may not... and found I struggled to reach the end. But it resonates long after that, and rather nicely too. Not a bad film effort either.