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This Storm

A novel
Narrated by: Craig Wasson
Length: 26 hrs and 36 mins
4 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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A massive novel of World War II Los Angeles. The crowning work of an American master.

It is January 1942. Torrential rainstorms hit LA. A body is unearthed in Griffith Park. The cops rate it a routine dead-man job. They're grievously wrong. It's a summons to misalliance and all the spoils of a brand-new war.

Elmer Jackson is a corrupt vice cop. He's a flesh peddler and a bagman for the LA chief of police. Hideo Ashida is a crime-lab whiz, caught up in the maelstrom of the Japanese internment. Dudley Smith is an LAPD hardnose working army intelligence. He's gone rogue and gone all-the-way Fascist. Joan Conville was born rogue. She's a defrocked navy lieutenant and a war profiteer to her core.

They've signed on for the dead-man job. They've got a hot date with history. They will fight their inner wars within The War with unstoppable fury.

©2019 James Ellroy (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Pulp. Mucho Pulp. Too much pulp.

I'm a fan of Ellroy. This one was just okay. The writing felt overly pulpy even for Ellroy. I never quite connected to the characters and story like I have with other books. I found my mind wandering at certain points. If you are a fan of Ellroy you'll probably like this.

Craig Wasson gave an okay read. But he's no Christopher Lane - the guy who read American tabloid.

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Best narration I'vd heard (500+ audible books)

Raw, complex and enlighting story told in Ellroy's fierce straight-ahead style. It engaged me from the get-go. Wasson's narration is the best I've heard in more than a decade as an Audible listener. He brings each of Ellroy's many characters to life.

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