Ebook Free White Jazz é James Ellroy – doctorio.us
Keeper of the Light kCouple words where most authors would take a few paragraphs It feels like Ellroy was honestly on coke meth or huge doses of caffeine when he blasted out this chunk of battery acid flavored crime fiction It can be exhilarating or frustrating or both at the same time Of course this is coming from a guy who reads lots of genre fiction with symmetrical easy prose I m not terribly used to or familiar with stuff that plays with the structure of novel writing like Faulkner or maybe Pynchon And I don t even like much of that shit either so that gives you an idea of how good Ellroy is This is highly conceptualized and stylized language for the average bear Inow I m harping on the style a lot but this really is a notable and interesting metamorphosis Ellroy s language has undergone I haven t read any pre Dahlia stuff of his but that probably reads like a completely different person at this point And this is an old novel by the dude Came out in like 1992 I have no idea where the hell his writing has gone to since then but I m definitely going to find out Okay enough with the style talk Like I ve said I m a meat and potatoes guy all the way but it s really interesting stuffThis continues in the same loose arc as the last two books We have familiar characters like Ed Exley and Dudley Fucking Smith and some stuff from previous is mentioned like the Nite Owl It s still 1958 and the world is recognizably familiar as Ellroy s Los Angeles Unfortunately the atmosphere is a little less thick than preceding novels because at this point you need to take what Ellroy has given you and run with it in terms of visualizing the setting and whatnot This book is all plot It s almost overwhelmingly intense how much stuff he s crammed into a relatively short novel You have the feeling that you could blow just a little air into it and suddenly it d be like 600 pages Every Shattered Spear (The Lost Stars, kind of crime is examined from the usual BEs and murders to weird shit like animalillings andsex vandalism I have no idea what to call it The usual reprehensible behavior that Ellroy fans hate to loveDave Klein is our protagonist and he has to be the harshest pill to swallow He s so corrupt he s of a criminal moonlighting as a cop than vice versa He commits murder with very little sense of remorse or guilt and has gotten in so deep with organized crime figures that he s basically a slave to them at this point He also loves his sister I The Homing know that last one sounds nice but I mean loves his sister Hardly your usual protagonist cop and even darker than what we re used to from Ellroy The rest of the cast is the usual gang of creepsillers weirdos and criminals Some gross people in here even for Ellroy Makes you miss the almost Captain America type days of Bucky Bleichert from Black Dahlia What was his skeleton in the closet anyways Fuckingsnitched on his petty criminal buddies That just illustrates how far we ve come It s nothing compared to KleinOverall a great novel Unfortunately the style was exhausting and the scope seemed to draw back a tiny bit from the grand heights of LA Confidential and not just because of the return to the single POV of Dahlia It s just a smaller story and thusly a little disappointing at least for me I really wanna see how bloated and weird Ellroy can get I wanna see him do a billion page crime history extravaganza I m not sure he s actually done one yet but I m definitely going to find out Everyone who is into crime shit read Ellroy immediatelyobviously excepting the easily offended And definitely don t start with this one because it will probably be like having your legs broken and then thrown into a pool all sink no swim Every time I ve finished an Ellroy book I ve had to sit back and process everything climb up out of his world shake my brain free of his expert grasp With White Jazz he concludes his epic LA uartet by narrowing his focus even so than in The Black Dahlia and miles away from the gargantuan LA Confidential Returning to first person narration and a single protagonist Ellroy presents a portrait of racist and corrupt police lieutenant Dave Klein who finds himself a pawn in a law enforcement political war when a Federal attorney mounts an investigati This conclusion to James Ellroy s LA
Uartet Is Just As Wholesome And Uplifting As The Previous is just as wholesome and uplifting as the previous books with his usual cast of characters such as corrupt cops gangsters hustlers blackmailers shakedown artists bag men thieves junkies drug dealers dog The Women of Easter killers whores johns pimps peepers perverts panty sniffers and politicians Oh and most of them areillers racist andor incestuous as a bonus and that includes the hero of the novelIt s 1958 and LAPD Lieutenant Dave Klein is a busy guy In Addition To His Police Duties He S Also A addition to his police duties he s also a a slumlord and he does the occasional contract murder for hire Klein gets assigned to investigate a weird break in and vandalism at the home of a police sanctioned drug dealer but with an ambitious US Attorney sniffing around the LAPD trying to build a corruption case it seems a bad time to be drawing attention to that particular rotten apple Klein also takes a side gig from Howard Hughes investigating an actress who left him to star in a B horror movie about communist space vampires and he d love to start chasing down a gang who pulled off a daring robbery of a fortune in furs to get a piece of their action However Klein soon finds himself in the middle of a living nightmare which pull his loyalties in multiple directions and as the crimes pile up it ll take a miracle to Why Are You So Scared? keep him from ending up in jail or the morgueThe last two novels of the LA uartet each used a trio of bad men doing bad things as their main characters and Ellroy very consciously breaks the format here by making Dave Klein the solo lead and a first person narrator This seemsind of like a call back to the structure of Black Dahlia and gives the conclusion a intimate and personal feel but it also seems like it doesn t uite fit As usual when things really start going off the rails Ellroy has his lead running around like a maniac both committing and investigating crimes while constantly making and betraying alliances that further his own agenda for the moment When you have three characters doing this they can share the load and have them in various levels of trouble By having only Klein to put in the soup it really stretches credibility too far to think that he wouldn t have been arrested or illed about halfway through the book and it certainly doesn t seem like anyone would deal with him after the third or fourth time he s double crossed themEllroy also advanced the clipped sentence fragmentstream of consciousness style he d been building to new levels and in fact he probably pushed it too far in this one LA Confidential has a flow to it that works whereas White
too often veers into near gibberish It s a problem shows up in other Ellroy novels too When he s got this style on a leash he can really take it for a walk but when it gets away from him it runs wild and devolves into near self parodyProbably my biggest disappointment with this is that it just doesn t seem to deliver on the promise of the ending that LA Confidential pointed towards That built to where it felt like the final book had to be an all out war between two of the characters left standing By bringing in a new character with the LAC angles only coming into play late in the game it doesn t have the epic climax to the entire story I was hoping forIt s still a solid Ellroy novel but it doesn t uite deliver on the potential of what came before. 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 aliveFierce riveting and honed to a razor edge White Jazz is crime fiction at its most shatteri. ,
Jazz too often veers into near gibberish It s a problem
His past is catching up to him and for every friend he s made through his actions he s made a ton enemies I think it is safe to say that as a whole Ellroy s LA uartet is one of the best series I ve eve All I have is the will to remember Time revokedfever dreams I wake up reaching afraid I ll forget Pictures eep the woman young LA fall 1958 Newsprint link the dots Names events so brutal they beg to be connected Years down the story stays dispersed The names are dead or too guilty to tell I m old afraid I ll forget I The Wolf Gift (The Wolf Gift Chronicles, killed innocent men I betrayed sacred oaths I reaped profit from horror Fever that time burning I want to go with the music spin fall with it Lieutenant Dave Klein is in the middle of so many treacherous situations that the spread on whether he will live to see 1959 is carrying long odds The only way he might live that long is if he is in jail awaiting trial but even then powerful people like the gangster Mickey Cohen or the Chief of Detectives Edmund Exley better be convinced his lip will stay buttoned or something most sinister will happen to him before he ever gets a chance to flap his gums He s got a lot to talk about Killings beatings bribes payoffsickbacks shakedowns Rent coercion muscle jobs strikebreaker work Lies intimidation vows trashed oaths broken duties scorned Thievery duplicity greed lies He Who Dares killings beatings bribes payoffs Meg I d like to tell you that Klein is an innocent caught up in the machinations of a corrupt system and that he is crusading to do the right thing while trying to work the ends against the middle and the middle against both ends but the truth of the matter is he is as morally corrupt as the city he is paid to protect You need a witness tossed out a window Call KleinYou want a rival neutralized Call KleinYou need an illegal payoff dropped off Call KleinKlein is a most resourceful young man just trying to make enough money to finish law school Some of you may have noticed the mention of Meg at the end of his list of sins She is his business partner in a block of rentals He is head over heels lustful in love with her The problem is incest is a sin and my my my does Klein want to sin sin sin with his sister Meg So the trouble begins when Exley calls in Klein to investigate a burglary of a sanctioned drug dealer s house The guy s name is Kafesjian and his illegal activities are fronted by a string of dry cleaning stores It doesn t take long for Klein to realize that the story surrounding the Kafesjian burglary has a lot of sordid intrigue attached that goes well beyond the parameters of what he is supposed to be investigating Exley you remember Exley from LA Confidential has made it clear that anything regarding Kafesjian is not to be touched In fact don t even turn the rock over to start with As if Klein doesn t have enough to do on his plate Howard Hughes yes that Hughes calls him up and wants him to find a girl It seems one of his actresses Glenda Bledsoe has gone off the reservation and her contract with Hughes gives him exclusivity on what films she can work on and he had her sign a morality clause as well What Hughes has someone sign a morality clause Most actresses in Hollywood of the 1950s had to resign themselves to the fact that sooner or later they were going to be summoned to Hughes s estate to service the beast Well Klein doesn t exactly follow Hughes s instructions because he falls in lustful love with Glenda which frankly proves a nice change of pace from the mooning he has been doing over his sister Feature Tall lanky honey blond All legs all chest a grin said she never bought in A littlenock need big eyes dark freckles Pure something maybe style maybe juice That never bought in part is what really drives Klein crazy She isn t an innocent but yet there is something untameable about her that allows her to feel free to give Hughes the double middle finger salute Klein
Doesn T Need To Bet need to be any insane but this woman is going to put another layer of care on the mound of unsavory deeds he can t find a hole deep enough or big enough to buryKlein even gets caught up in the ongoing feud between ex partners Edmund Exley and Dudley Smith He has to play Exley and Smith and rely on their natural high levels of paranoia to eep them from realizing that Klein isn t playing either one of them straight One thing he nows is that Exley is the
Wyatt Earp of Los Angeles Whenever the gunfire has ended and the smearEarp of Los Angeles Whenever the gunfire has ended and the smear accusations have been wiped off the wall as the smoke clears Exley will always be the last man standing Don t bet against Exley The plot is needless to say convoluted with shotgun splattered sentences and what I can only describe as scat speak James Ellroy takes us into Klein s head and what we get isn t necessarily cohesive sentences but broken pieces of thoughts sometimes unfinished Yet they convey the tortuous twists of guilt and fear that is wrapping around Klein s brain tighter and tighter with every new revelation with every new indiscretion I read uite a few hardboiled books a year I don t now why but I always seem to get a hankering for them in the summertime when my blood runs hotter anyway I have to say that there is no one working in the genre today or maybe ever who brings a realistic view of the sordid underbelly of society In fact Ellroy makes other writers look almost naive about the extremes of human nature and the true motivations that make people into brutal self destructive untrustworthy shameful versions of themselves If you were in trouble in Los Angeles in 1958 you didn t call the LAPD because you might end up needing to be saved from them Hush hush t keep these SINsations on the TIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at RE READ REVIEW I ll leave my original review from 2014 up but I just re read this and I have no idea what I was thinking giving this four stars originally It s easily at the same level of brilliance as The Big Nowhere or LA Confidential I suspect that when I inevitably re read The Black Dahlia I ll give it five as well because Ellroy is a goddamn genius Dave The Enforcer Klein is the ultimate Ellroy character an incredibly dirty motherfucker whoills people for the mob and wants to pork his own sister yet I found myself constantly rooting for him to escape the closing jaws of the Feds his fellow police and the myriad of underworld characters that populate Ellroy s Los Angeles The increasing tension is fucking palpable and jaw grinding by the end of the book and the incredibly terse blunt language is absolutely the apotheosis of Ellroy s ever evolving style I did complain originally that the scope of the novel seems like a ind of step backwards from the gargantuan LA Confidential but fuck that It s only barely less ambitious in terms of the complicated and interconnected criminal landscape and I realize that Ellroy was not trying to write one of his Big Books with this one It s a high speed fever dream It s paranoid as fuck and the style speed and content are consistently raw and scathingORIGINAL REVIEW There s a Blurb On The Back Cover on the back cover this a uote by some critic probably It says something like Ellroy has stripped his broad brush down to a hard cutting tool That s clever but for me it was less hard cutting tool and brain caked block hammer Ellroy was getting increasingly staccato and blunt by The Big Nowhere but this makes LA Confidential look like some Goodnight Moon shit Twists that alter the nature of the story and the fate of the characters within can come in the form of Ut 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 ingpins all of them hell bent on eeping their own secrets hidden For Klein forty two and going on dead it's dues timeKlein tells his own story his voice clipped sharp. .