I loved this book. On the surface it is an exciting and violent story. It is also multi-layered and under the surface it becomes a very profound story on life and death, good and evil and fate. After I finished this book, I thought about it for days.
Let me say I am a rabid fan of James Ellroy.
His genius is that he goes into his characters souls and he understands the human soul very well.
Be aware that his mother was murdered in much the same way The Dahlia was murdered. This should give you more insight into of his characters feelings for The Dahlia.
I am shocked at the 3 negative reviews. I loved this book as I do all of James Ellroy's work.
Ellroy searches into his character's souls and the results are not pretty. He has a great understanding of what he is writing about.
The writing style is different. sort of 1 word sentences, but it is not hard to follow at all.
White Jazz is sort of a snap shot of urban life at a specific time in our history. The reality is real. The reality is disturbing.
I really like this book and plan to read the whole series, but it won't be for everyone. This book was written in the late 50's.
This is a real hardboiled detective story. The dialogs was fun. Filled with broads, tomatoes and other such slang of the time.
At first I was not sure if this book was a satire or spoof on detective stories, but the plot became very engrossing. Shell Scott is marvelous hero.
The book is so well written and this could of been a great audio book.
I thought the reader was the worse I ever heard. He uses these crazy exaggerated voices. His high pitched voices and over acting for the female characters is the most annoying. His joel Cairo is a cartoon impression of Peter Lorre. Same with Sydney Greenstreet.
For my tastes it was just too distracting and ruined a great story.
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