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White Jazz Read â 104 ´ [Reading] ➶ White Jazz ➬ James Ellroy – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk 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 a Los Angeles Killings beatings bribes shakedownsTen 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. When I was reading them each entry in the LA uartet was my favorite book Kinda awe inspiring to watch James Ellroy move from a style your 11th grade English teacher might have described as economical to a one so determinedly spare it makes Hemingway seem profligate 'Long about LA Confidential we see him start to use sentences like Bud soft and I started to love things about the English language I'd forgotten about like how having too many words means you don't need as many rules as you think you do Hey folks'll figure it out if they want to Black Dahlia and LA Confidential got the big screen treatment but The Big Nowhere and White Jazz will be the ones I re read All the novels are about obsession about guys trying to make the world good by being bad about Ellroy slowly killing the things he hates about people and about himself His characters look like him they act like him they probably uote him By The Big Nowhere book 2 things have already become so bizarre and unlikely that it feels like Ellroy has lost control of his process that he is perhaps so angry and lousy with self loathing that his characters have literally become ravenous animals who are cannibalizing themselves and returns are already diminishing So it's cool to read LA Confidential book 3 which introduces Ellroy as a great writer capable of holding an ensemble cast of obsessed bad men in stasis with each other for almost an entire decade It's abstract and it's vicious though not as vicious as TBN but it's pretty restrained for all that White Jazz book 4 is not; we get corruption murder and incest damn near from the giddy up and I was uestioning the humanity of anyone to sport an LAPD badge by page 25 Can't decide if that's what Jimmy actually wants or not He pals around with a lot of cops seems like and his author's photos always make him look like a Nazi fresh from the Alps But he's conflicted right Conflicted guys write books right If conflict wasn't interesting goodreads would just have a bunch of manuals on it

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Los AngelesKillings 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 haywireKlein's been hung out a. When Dave Klein the dirtiest cop in town catches a burglary he uickly becomes entangled in a web of drugs prostitution and murderJames Ellroy's four volume treatise on family values and the integrity of the Los Angeles police department comes to a conclusion in White Jazz White Jazz ties up some nagging lose ends leftover from the previous three volumes Gone is the trinity of sin structure of The Big Nowhere and LA Confidential replaced by a first person narrator a throwback to The Black DahliaEllroy's machine gun style is ratcheted up to an insane degree in this one the short choppy sentences hitting like the needle of a sewing machine Honestly it got a little hard to follow what was happening at times However the crazy style added something to the book giving it a frantic paranoid feelThe story itself continued in the vein of the previous two; the corpse of the integrity of the LAPD was exhumed violated in every orifice and buried again What starts as a burglary investigation tears the scab off of the gaping wound of the LAPD's narcotics division and exposes the infection beneath namely their longtime relationship with the Kafesjian family Dave Klein a cop lawyer and mob enforcer finds himself navigating a maze of filth to figure out just what the hell is going on caught in a power struggle between two of the most powerful men on the forceAfter finishing LA Confidential I mentioned that I thought Dudley Smith was James Ellroy's Randall Flagg After reading this book I stand by that The master manipulator was in fine form in White Jazz doing his puppeteer act from the sidelines for most of the book Once all the cards were on the table the book got so frantic I thought I might have an anxiety attackAs with the previous books the dialogue and relationships between the characters threw a lot of gas on the fire Klein's complicated relationships with his sister and Glenda as well as Junior and the rest made him another of Ellroy's shitbird characters that you couldn't help but root for especially since all the other shitbirds had a lot blood on their handsWhile I didn't like White Jazz uite as much as the previous two books in the LA uartet it did a great job wrapping things up Hell when the three previous books are of such high caliber they're hard to follow Four out of five stars

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White JazzS 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 timeKlein tells his own story his voice clipped sharp of. in the end I possess my birthplace and I am possessed by its language Ross MacDonald Tell me anythingTell me everythingRevoke our time apartLove me fierce in danger James Ellroy White Jazz45 stars Sure you could read this as just the final book in Ellory's masterpiece LA uartet but Ellory is playing for bigger stakes He isn't just writing crime He is writing the human condition He isn't just giving you straight dope He is playing you with pairs He gives you E Exley v D Smith He gives you Noonan vs Gallaudet He gives you JC Kafesjian vP Herrick Richie V Tommy Sad mom vs Crazy mom Think of all of these pairs as fugues that swirl around the narrator dirty Lieutenant David Klein reflecting stream of consciousness talking screaming building dropping The narration is like jazz playing two themes together into one The themes finally coalesce and you see that black and white criminal and the cop these are all just linked brothers and sisters trapped in a long and fatal incestuous battle for survival for love for understanding CodaIn the end everybody dies but you hope before then someone tells you the truth and tells you they love you If you are lucky perhaps those two will be the same