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2.93 out of 52.93 out of 52.93 out of 52.93 out of 52.93 out of 5 2.93 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Ellroy Narrator: L. J. Ganser Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lloyd Hopkins Trilogy Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9781482976069
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Three citizens are butchered during a liquor store holdup. An unstable veteran cop vanishes without a trace. Nothing connects these events except for a nagging hunch in the back of Detective Sergeant Lloyd Hopkins’ brain—a sinister foreboding that will lead him through the sin-and-sleaze playground of nighttime LA on the trail of a psycho psychiatrist with a talent for terror and mind-control. His gore-soaked journey through hell will plunge this determined manhunter into the dark heart of madness—and beyond.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Because the Night is as much crime fiction as it is literary fiction. Intense, abrasive, and compelling, this is Ellroy at his very best.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “One of the great American writers of our time.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review, praise for the author

  • “An undeniably artful frenzy of violence, guilt, and unappeased self-loathing. Ellroy’s crime fiction represents a high mark in the genre.”

    Newsday, praise for the author
  • “A blood poet who writes as chain saws crank, Ellroy has vigorously redefined the well-shadowed turf of contemporary crime fiction.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution, praise for the author

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy Barlow snell | 10/26/2013

    " Interesting but slower than expected. Story lines didn't make sense. Wouldn't recommend "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leo | 6/10/2013

    " Probably deserves three stars, but I'll give it four because I was creeped out by Dr. Haviland. He's a decent antagonist to super-cop Hopkins. It's worth the time to anyone who likes Ellroy and his style. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leslie Jem | 7/7/2012

    " This was VERY dated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph | 3/10/2012

    " One of his early novels. Not his best by a longshot. Ending is kind of ridiculous, but it has some strong moments. Minor work by a master. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 9/6/2011

    " Ellroy. My man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dev | 7/12/2011

    " Tightly drawn characters battling for some crude sense of justice and sanity in a world where the world turns a deaf ear to depravity as long as it's on the side of the Law. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 6/21/2011

    " While I liked the unexpected twists in this, the main character seemed to be a bit of a manic-depressive, alternating between Super-Cop and crying, and that put me off a bit, but not enough to stop reading the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 5/6/2011

    " Not quite at the level of LA Quartet intensity, but still a decent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 8/7/2010

    " Lesser-known Ellroy book compared to biggies like L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia, but it's still a great read. I'm definetely going to seek out "Blood on the Moon" next. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jan C | 12/16/2009

    " I gave up on this.

    It went in fits and starts and then I realized I just had no desire to waste any further time on it.

    This is early Ellroy. I just didn't find anything redeeming about the villain. But I did like the detective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leo | 2/23/2009

    " Probably deserves three stars, but I'll give it four because I was creeped out by Dr. Haviland. He's a decent antagonist to super-cop Hopkins. It's worth the time to anyone who likes Ellroy and his style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 2/19/2009

    " While I liked the unexpected twists in this, the main character seemed to be a bit of a manic-depressive, alternating between Super-Cop and crying, and that put me off a bit, but not enough to stop reading the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph | 1/10/2008

    " One of his early novels. Not his best by a longshot. Ending is kind of ridiculous, but it has some strong moments. Minor work by a master. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dev | 3/21/2007

    " Tightly drawn characters battling for some crude sense of justice and sanity in a world where the world turns a deaf ear to depravity as long as it's on the side of the Law. "

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About the Author
Author James Ellroy

James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His LA Quartet novels—The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz—were international bestsellers. American Tabloid was Time’s Novel of the Year for 1995, and his memoir My Dark Places was a Time Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book for 1996. He lives on the California coast.

About the Narrator

L. J. Ganser is the winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards and the 2005 Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration for his work in The Island at the Center of the World. He has appeared onstage in New York and in regional productions, has several episodes of Law & Order in his list of credits, and has recorded over two hundred audiobooks. Before becoming an actor, he was a ship’s cook in Maine, a roofer, a painter, and a swim team coach.