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
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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