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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,110 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Ellroy Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The LA Quartet Series Release Date:
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Los Angeles, 1958. Killings, beatings, bribes, shakedowns—it’s standard procedure for Lieutenant Dave Klein, LAPD. He’s a slumlord, a bagman, an enforcer—a power in his own small corner of hell. Then the Feds announce a full-out investigation into local police corruption, and everything goes haywire.

Klein’s been hung out as bait, “a bad cop to draw the heat,” and the heat’s coming from all sides: from local politicians, from LAPD brass, from racketeers and drug kingpins—all of them hell-bent on keeping their own secrets hidden. For Klein, “forty-two and going on dead,” it’s dues time.

Klein tells his own story—his voice clipped, sharp, often as brutal as the events he’s describing—taking us with him on a journey through a world shaped by monstrous ambition, avarice, and perversion. It’s a world he created, but now he’ll do anything to get out of it alive.

Fierce, riveting, and honed to a razor edge, White Jazz is crime fiction at its most shattering.

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Quotes & Awards

  • One of the great American writers of our time. Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • White Jazz makes previous detective fiction read like Dr. Seuss. San Francisco Examiner
  • Riffling, rolling, reeling. . . . Ellroy's best. The Denver Post
  • Riveting. . . . Impossible to put down. . . . An author who breaks all the rules. He's a kamikaze pilot on a collision course with hell. The pen moves madly across the page. . . . A book that is one long scream of rage and emptiness and longing. The News and Observer

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by C.D. | 2/13/2014

    " Love. That's all. I love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by BigJohn | 1/31/2014

    " Listened to the audiobook of this. Scott Brick was an excellent reader for what had to be a difficult assignment. The style of this book is very staccato, but it works well in this noir 50s-era tale of corruption and intrigue. A complicated, but fun romp. Indulge your dark side vicariously through the main character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ellen | 1/30/2014

    " In my opinion, this is Ellroy's best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mark Stratton | 1/30/2014

    " I didn't finish it. Ellroy chose a stream of consciousness style of story telling and it really got in the way for me. Had parts of it been in that vein, I think it would have been more successful as a book. I am sort of curious as to how it all shook out, but the style got to be too much for me and I have to walk away. "

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