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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. To solve the case, Hopkins will dump all the rules and risk his career to make the final link and get the killer.

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A VERY CONVOLUTED STORY

Where does Blood on the Moon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Probably in the middle. It wasn't the best but certainly wasn't the worst.

What did you like best about this story?

The twists and turns. At times they were hard to follow, but added to a good tale.

What does L. J. Ganser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He made the story. Without his narrative I don't believe I would have finished the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the past of the hero was finally revealed.

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  • Darwin8u
  • Mesa, AZ, United States
  • 08-18-18

Looking for new answers

“It’s because outside of the major dreams everything is always changing, and even though you keep doing the same things, you’re looking for new answers.”
- James Ellroy, Blood on the Moon

The first book in a trilogy of books (the L.A. Noir or Lloyd Hopkins Trilogy) that predate the Ellroy genius that is the The L.A. Quartet (The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz) and the Underworld USA Trilogy (American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand, Blood's a Rover).

'Blood on the Moon' has many of the elements that will be repeated in most of his later cop novels (especially those in LA Quartet): idealized women, mothers, sexual obsession, dark history, inner demons, etc. This isn't nearly as good as the best of the LA Quartet, but not bad. It is like discovering a wet moth just after it has climbed out of its cocoon. It is early, imperfect, but contains a lot of creepy potential.

If you are new to Ellroy, don't start here. If you are already an Ellroy fan, this is still worth the time.

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A master of crime

A master of crime at work introduction into the series of cop after a crazy killer as he puts the Clues together