I have loved Ellroy's books in the past, and his book the Black Dahlia was packed with narrative that let you "get into the mind" of the characters. The first fifteen minutes of this book completely put me off, I almost just gave up. The quick-fire, rapid shoot sentences drove me crazy--I had a tough time trying to keep up with it and the multiple characters. BUT, then it drew me in. I couldn't NOT WAIT to get in the car and commute to work and home. I loved how Elloy weaved the story into the troublesome events of the 1960s--the JFK assassination, FBI/Hoover chicanery, the Civil Rights movements, MLK, and RFK. Underneath all of this is the backdrop of the mob and the Vietnam War. This is a GREAT LISTEN, but you must be ready to start absorbing from the get-go.
As an Army officer who has many friends serving in Baghdad, this book gave me a fresh perspective. I only hope that Ms. Garrells will write another follow-on book. I felt like I was listening to an NPR special coverage story...it was literally one of those "driveway" stories. I could barely put my iPod down once I started it.
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