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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: June 2007 ISBN: 9781415940549
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 1/29/2014

    " His books are a challenge, but I enjoy them nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonfaith | 1/21/2014

    " Even burning the dross off of prose leaves something haunted. The menace in Ellroy's streets is a puzzling presence, certainly along the likes of Mieville and Sinclair as it detours into origins and auras, Merleau-Ponty's flux made manifest in gridded streets and contained populations and vices. Ellroy slipped some going into the final act: hyperbole infected his plot and pus reigned supreme. Why have a voyeur/killer plot with incest overtones when one can fashion a virtual tribe of such, all of whom are bereft of conclusive geneology. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Letterswitch | 1/19/2014

    " Conclusion to the L.A. quartet--Get through the first 3/4 to reach the end: Exley vs. Dudley Smith. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Deroche | 1/14/2014

    " I liked this less than other titles by this author. I found the choppy style hard to follow sometimes and I didn't connect with the characters - found I didn't care about them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Machata | 1/10/2014

    " Too jive for my tastes. Unsettled and unsettling, but OK. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Tendo | 1/9/2014

    " This is classic Ellroy, imperfect people in an imperfect world with perfect intentions. Written with an unparalleled energy and force that hurts your head. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 12/21/2013

    " "White Jazz" should be read, if only for the joy of language, and style. Ellroy writes like a jazz musician, a technique utilised with "The Cold Six Thousand" as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loac | 12/20/2013

    " Quel claque ce quatuor de Los Angeles ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Warnick | 12/10/2013

    " Hated the beginning. Enjoyed from middle to end. Not my favorite Ellroy novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Graham Heywood | 12/8/2013

    " The strength of this book is a fine plot which is hung onto the sleaziest, drug fuelled LA Cops you have ever come across. I love the snatches of 1950s Hollywood gossip. I love the driven characters, running on booze and pills. Excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 11/11/2013

    " I'm such an Ellroy fan... what a voice. Wish he liked more description, that's the missing star. // No, it ends super strongly, I'm giving him the fifth star. Gorgeous. Love all the alliterative '50's tabloid writing. Looking forward to the new one coming out in Sept. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bxdoc delaney | 3/23/2013

    " I love Ellroy but this venture into a new style is simply unreadable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 1/4/2013

    " This book took a while for me to get into because of the clipped/staccato language employed. But that style grew on me and the pacing, plotting and ending make this one of Ellroy's finest. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Fwdecker | 12/27/2012

    " I've tried to like James Ellroy and I have failed. The short narrative sentences are great at first and then... the opposite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Hainley | 9/21/2012

    " Ellroy is a crazy genius. And I'm not using crazy in the "it's crazy how much of a genius" sense, though that's true. That guy just ain't right. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caio Nehring | 6/22/2012

    " all that jazz, 4 sure... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 6/16/2011

    " I enjoyed White Jazz, though it was very complex and confusing at times. Ellroy gives life to the characters and plot. An engrossing and twisted tale from the "demon dog of American crime fiction". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 1/21/2011

    " I liked this less than other titles by this author. I found the choppy style hard to follow sometimes and I didn't connect with the characters - found I didn't care about them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Birdlashes | 12/18/2010

    " Conclusion to the L.A. quartet--Get through the first 3/4 to reach the end: Exley vs. Dudley Smith.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 12/14/2010

    " Ellroy is a crazy genius. And I'm not using crazy in the "it's crazy how much of a genius" sense, though that's true. That guy just ain't right. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 12/8/2010

    " Brilliant book. Chalenging in everyway. Kind of of like Ullyses with a kick to the nards. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew | 9/16/2010

    " Should've been kept in its original form. Instead, we're treated to half a story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Slawa | 7/20/2010

    " this is one deranged book (violence, corruption, drugs/prostitution, more violence), and you can't help being completely sucked into it. the style/slang is really challenging but worth the patience. this is the last book in the series and i'll probably read the other three. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 7/12/2010

    " Too jive for my tastes. Unsettled and unsettling, but OK. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross | 7/10/2010

    " Good book, enjoyed the conclusion to several of the big characters stories. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bxdoc | 5/30/2010

    " I love Ellroy but this venture into a new style is simply unreadable "

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About the Author
Author James EllroyJames Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. He is the author of the L.A. Quartet: The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz, and the Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy: American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand, and Blood’s A Rover. These seven novels have won numerous honors and were international best sellers. Ellroy currently lives in Los Angeles.
About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.