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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (499 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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