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James Ellroy

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  • The Black Dahlia | James Ellroy

    The Black Dahlia

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    On January 15, 1947, the tortured body of a beautiful young woman was found in a vacant lot in Hollywood. Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia, a young Hollywood hopeful, had been brutally murdered. Her murder sparked one of the greatest manhunts in California history.

    krista says: "Entertaining."
  • L.A. Confidential | James Ellroy

    L.A. Confidential

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
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    Six prisoners are beaten senseless in their cells by cops crazed on alcohol. For the three LAPD detectives involved, it will expose the guilty secrets on which they have built their corrupt and violent careers.

    Ray McDonald says: "Excellent Book"
  • American Tabloid | James Ellroy

    American Tabloid

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    We are behind, and below, the scenes of JFK's presidential election, the Bay of Pigs, the assassination - in the underworld that connects Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, DC....

    Jason Platt says: "Best American Mob Novel"
  • The Big Nowhere | James Ellroy

    The Big Nowhere

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
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    Los Angeles, 1950. Danny Upshaw is a sheriff's deputy stuck with a bunch of snuffs nobody cares about; they're his chance to make his name as a cop...and to sate his darkest curiosities. Mal Considine is DA's bureau brass. He's climbing on the Red Scare bandwagon to advance his career and to gain custody of his adopted son. Buzz Meeks - bagman, ex-narco goon, and pimp for Howard Hughes - is fighting communism for the money. All three men have purchased tickets to a nightmare.

    diggindiana says: "Best of the LA Quartet"
  • Suicide Hill | James Ellroy

    Suicide Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In disgrace after a badly handled arrest in New Orleans, Sergeant Lloyd Hopkins is assigned as a liaison officer to an FBI investigation of a series of diabolical and clever bank robberies. Three men have done their homework: they choose bank managers who are having affairs, kidnap their girlfriends, and force the managers to open the banks early.

    Robert says: "Try this title for a change of pace"
  • Perfidia: A Novel | James Ellroy

    Perfidia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Story
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    It is December 6, 1941. America stands at the brink of World War II. Last hopes for peace are shattered when Japanese squadrons bomb Pearl Harbor. Los Angeles has been a haven for loyal Japanese-Americans - but now, war fever and race hate grip the city and the Japanese internment begins.

    Andrew says: "Rough beginning, softer landing"
  • The Cold Six Thousand | James Ellroy

    The Cold Six Thousand

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
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    In The Cold Six Thousand, James Ellroy's most ambitious and explosive novel yet, he puts the whole of the 1960s under his blistering lens. The result is a work of fierce, epic fiction, a speedball through our most tumultuous time.

    Snoodely says: "Plausible history"
  • White Jazz: A Novel | James Ellroy

    White Jazz: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
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    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 announce a full-out investigation into local police corruption, and everything goes haywire. Klein's been hung out as bait, "a bad cop to draw the heat", and the heat's coming from all sides.

    Charles says: "What a great book!"
  • Blood's a Rover | James Ellroy

    Blood's a Rover

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
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    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.

    R. Fixmer says: "An all-around masterpiece"
  • The Big Nowhere | James Ellroy

    The Big Nowhere

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
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    A startling panorama of Los Angeles in the '50s. New Year's Eve as 1949 turns to 1950, Los Angeles: The City of Angels has becomes the city of the Angel of Death. Communist witch hunts and insanely violent killings are terrorising the community. Three men are plunged into a maelstrom of violence and deceit when their lives become inextricably linked as each one confronts his own personal darkness.

  • L.A. Confidential | James Ellroy

    L.A. Confidential

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By David Strathairn
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    In Los Angeles, in 1953, six innocent people are gunned down at an all-night diner. Three policemen arrive to investigate: Ed Exley, goaded by his father's success on the force and burning to eclipse him; Bud White, witness to his mother's murder, a time bomb with a badge; and Jack Vincennes, a former addict, a shake-down artist who works celebrities. Worse yet, these three see themselves as rivals. Their rage mirrors that of the killers they seek, and all are players in a game without rules or survivors.

    Thomas A. Messner says: "Abridged! what a rip-off"
  • Blood's a Rover | James Ellroy

    Blood's a Rover

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
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    It’s 1968. Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King are dead. The Mob, Howard Hughes and J. Edgar Hoover are in a struggle for America’s soul, drawing into their murderous conspiracies the damned and the soon-to-be damned. Wayne Tedrow Jr: assassin, dope cooker, mouthpiece for all sides, loyal to none. Dwight Holly: Hoover’s enforcer and hellish conspirator in terrible crimes.

  • Brown's Requiem | James Ellroy

    Brown's Requiem

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Fritz Brown’s L.A. - and his life - are masses of contradictions, like stirring chorales sung for the dead. A less-than-spotless former cop with a drinking problem - a private-eye-cum-repo man with a taste for great music - he has been known to wallow in the grime beneath the Hollywood glitter. But Fritz Brown’s life is about to change, thanks to the appearance of a racist psycho who flashes too much cash for a golf caddie and who walked away clean from a multiple murder rap.

  • Blood on the Moon | James Ellroy

    Blood on the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Detective Sergeant Lloyd Hopkins can't stand music, or any loud sounds. He's got a beautiful wife, but he can't get enough of other women. And instead of bedtime stories, he regales his daughters with bloody crime stories. He's a thinking man's cop with a dark past and an obsessive drive to hunt down monsters who prey on the innocent. Now, there's something haunting him. He sees a connection in a series of increasingly gruesome murders of women committed over a period of 20 years.

    J.C.D. says: "A VERY CONVOLUTED STORY"
  • Clandestine: Mysterious Press - HighBridge Audio Classics | James Ellroy

    Clandestine: Mysterious Press - HighBridge Audio Classics

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Fred Underhill is a young cop on the rise in Los Angeles in the early 1950s - a town blinded to its own grime by Hollywood glitter; a society nourished by newspaper lies that wants its heroes all-American and squeaky clean. A chance to lead on a possible serial killing is all it takes to fuel Underhill's reckless ambition - and it propels him into a dangerous alliance with certain mad and unstable elements of the law enforcement hierarchy. When the case implodes with disastrous consequences, it is Fred Underhill who takes the fall. His life is in ruins, his promising future suddenly a dream of the past.

    BarelyAudible says: "Great Detective Writer beginnings - poorly spoken"
  • The Cold Six Thousand | James Ellroy

    The Cold Six Thousand

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
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    Dallas, November 2, 1963. Wayne Tedrow, Jr., has arrived to kill a man. The fee is $6,000. He finds himself instead in the middle of a cover-up following JFK’s assassination. There follows a hellish five-year ride through the sordid underbelly of public policy via Las Vegas, Howard Hughes, Vietnam, CIA dope dealing, Cuba, sleazy showbiz, racism and the Klan. This is the 1960s under Ellroy’s blistering lens, the icons of the era mingled with cops, killers, hoods and provocateurs.

  • L.A. Confidential | James Ellroy

    L.A. Confidential

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
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    Christmas 1951, Los Angeles: a city where the police are as corrupt as the criminals. Six prisoners are beaten senseless in their cells by cops crazed on alcohol. For the three LAPD detectives involved, it will expose the guilty secrets on which they have built their corrupt and violent careers. The novel takes these cops on a sprawling epic of brutal violence and the murderous seedy side of Hollywood.

  • Hollywood Nocturnes: Mysterious Press - HighBridge Audio Classics | James Ellroy

    Hollywood Nocturnes: Mysterious Press - HighBridge Audio Classics

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
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    Nobody plays accordion like Dick Contino. His skilled fingers can find beauty in even the schmaltziest Borscht Belt favorites, and with his matinee-idol looks he could be a real star. Right now, though, he’s slumming it as the headliner in a Grade Z teenybopper picture called Daddy-O. He’s too good for this movie, and finishing it is going to take him to a very dark place. Daddy-O and Dick Contino are both real, their stories dredged out of the past by James Ellroy, a master of historical crime fiction. In Dick Contino's Blues he takes us to B-List Hollywood in 1957 - a time when movies were cheerful and dirty secrets lurked just off camera.

  • Because the Night | James Ellroy

    Because the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Three citizens are butchered during a liquor store holdup. An unstable veteran cop vanishes without a trace. Nothing connects these events except for a nagging hunch in the back of Detective Sergeant Lloyd Hopkins' brain--a sinister foreboding that will lead him through the sin-and-sleaze playground of nighttime L.A. on the trail of a psycho psychiatrist with a talent for terror and mind-control. His gore-soaked journey through Hell will plunge this determined manhunter into the dark heart of madness--and beyond.

  • American Tabloid | James Ellroy

    American Tabloid

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
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    It's 1958. America is about to emerge into a bright new age - an age that will last until the 1,000 days of John F. Kennedy’s presidency. Three men move beneath the glossy surface of power, men allied to the makers and shakers of the era. Peter Bondurant, Howard Hughes’ right-hand man, Jimmy Hoffa’s hit man. Kemper Boyd, employed by J. Edgar Hoover to infiltrate the Kennedy clan. Ward Littell, a man seeking redemption in Bobby Kennedy’s drive against organised crime.

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