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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,119 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Ellroy Narrator: Jerry Orbach Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: 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

  • “This is far and away his best book yet…Always master of painting the dark portrait, Ellroy put down his broad brush for a shark pen…He’s stripped down the language to a hard cutting tool.”

    Associated Press

  • 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
  • “Compelling and intense…Sizzles with realism and detail. White Jazz is filled with heat—and is Ellroy at his best.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

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


  • “A sweet fix for addicts. Ellroy cuts the extraneous, chiseling everything to the bone. Klein’s first person account dovetails perfectly with the characters’ dialogue, creating a sealed world of hipsters and criminals where light rarely enters. And the tempo is way beyond snappy; it’s frenetic.”

    New York Daily News

  • “Rapid-fire storytelling.”

    Village Voice

  • “This is the ugliest, rawest, grimiest piece of work you’ll read in a long time. You’ll want to wash your hands after many of the chapters. But you won’t want to stop reading.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • White Jazz makes previous detective fiction read like Dr. Seuss.”

    San Francisco Examiner

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tim Hainley | 2/15/2014

    " 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 by Aaron France | 2/13/2014

    " The final chapter of Ellroy's LA series reads like a kick in the gut. "Knucks upstairs/knucks downstairs/serious fear of god time." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rhune Kincaid | 2/10/2014

    " A completely outrageous crime tale, with Ellroy's dirtiest cop of them all. Tough to follow and probably impossible without reading LA Confidential, but a richly rewarding read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Janet | 2/7/2014

    " 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. "

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