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Blood's a Rover Audiobook

Blood's a Rover

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Publisher's Summary

Summer, 1968. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy are dead. The assassination conspiracies have begun to unravel. A dirty-tricks squad is getting ready to deploy at the Democratic Convention in Chicago. Black militants are warring in southside L.A. The Feds are concocting draconian countermeasures. And fate has placed three men at the vortex of History.

Dwight Holly is J. Edgar Hoover's pet strong-arm goon, implementing Hoover's racist designs and obsessed with a leftist shadow figure named Joan Rosen Klein. Wayne Tedrow - ex-cop and heroin runner - is building a mob gambling mecca in the Dominican Republic and quickly becoming radicalized. Don Crutchfield is a window-peeping kid private-eye within tantalizing reach of right-wing assassins, left-wing revolutionaries and the powermongers of an incendiary era. Their lives collide in pursuit of the Red Goddess Joan - and each of them will pay "a dear and savage price to live History."

Political noir as only James Ellroy can write it - our recent past razed and fully reconstructed - Blood's A Rover is a novel of astonishing depth and scope, a massive tale of corruption and retribution, of ideals at war and the extremity of love. It is the largest and greatest work of fiction from an American master.

©2009 James Ellroy; (P)2009 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Ellroy concludes the scorching trilogy begun with 1995's American Tabloid with a crushing bravura performance. As ever, his sentences are gems of concision.... It's impossible not to read Blood's A Rover with a sense of awe . . . It's a stunning and crazy book that could only have been written by the premier lunatic of American letters." (Publishers Weekly)
"Ellroy calls this third leg of 'The Underworld USA Trilogy' an historical romance, but it's also very much a gangster novel, a political novel, a tragic-comedy, a poignant love story - and remarkably entertaining no matter how you slice it.... You won't easily put it down." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    jonathan 08-18-13
    jonathan 08-18-13

    Freelance writer and author of six books. Currently researching and wild living in the oil boom country NW North Dakota

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    "Chilling sequel to COLD SIX THOUSAND"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Cold 6000 was one of the best books I have come across. It tells the most believable recounting of the time from JFKs death to Bobby's. BLOODs a ROVER picks up the story line where the other left off. Same grizzly, helter skelter action. An insiders telling of history, the under-belly view. Same writing style, nearly poetic at times, assault rifle delivery. Very coarse, racist, REAL. But really, if you havent read COLD SIX THOUSAND, better start at the beginning, if you are ready for a new readers addiction. (Not for the feint at heart.)


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely.


    Have you listened to any of Craig Wasson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    COLD SIX THOUSAND. He gives a poets touch to the darkest evil.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

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    Any additional comments?

    I prefer the audiobook to actual reading, it permits multitasking, and the reader gives the text a flashing gashing splash of color beyond what my imagination would provide.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 08-31-10
    Michael 08-31-10
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    "Hard to Follow"

    I had a hard time following the storyline. The charactors were all over the place. I wanted it to end almost from the beginning.

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    Onya M. 07-28-10
    Onya M. 07-28-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Blood's a Rover Review"

    The story line was okay, the characters not bad. I disliked the voice of the reader and felt that it was a little too streetish for my taste.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lulu 04-15-10
    Lulu 04-15-10

    I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.

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    "Very nice"

    A bit long but very good.

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    Susan OLNEY, IL, United States 05-13-15
    Susan OLNEY, IL, United States 05-13-15

    bargain hunter

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    "Never even listened to this"

    Listened to the first couple of pages of another Ellroy book and could not stand it! Too choppy! I love Craig Wasson's voice, but felt it was wasted on this book.

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    Brandon KANSAS CITY, KANSAS, United States 02-09-11
    Brandon KANSAS CITY, KANSAS, United States 02-09-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Blah"

    I bought this audiobook because Stephen King highly recommended it, and my wife and I are fans of his. I tried listening to this two times and never could make it past about the four-hour mark. Super boring, narrator sucked, story was very dis-jointed.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas E. Hill, Jr. Downingtown, PA, US 09-09-10
    Thomas E. Hill, Jr. Downingtown, PA, US 09-09-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Couldn't get into it."

    I have been listening to an average of 40 audiobooks each of the last 5 years. This is only the 2nd I quit listening to. Average sentence length was about 5 words. Just couldn't follow it. Maybe it is one of those books that is best read.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    cookie box piqua, ohio 08-12-10
    cookie box piqua, ohio 08-12-10 Member Since 2016

    creative cook

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    "trash literature"

    This book is not worthy to be proclaimed as literature. The writing is jerky, unconnected and entirely without merit. Further, the language and references in the book are gender, religion and race denigrating. I wasted my money on this book and would not recommend it to anyone.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Sarasota, FL, USA 12-20-09
    Rick Sarasota, FL, USA 12-20-09
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    "Sucks"

    Makes no sense at all. Must have been written while taking LSD

    1 of 23 people found this review helpful

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