Start your review of El gran desierto L. Quartet, 2 Write a review Shelves: hardboiled "It was written that I should be loyal to the nightmare of my choice. Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness. The police arrested 17 Hispanic males for the murder even though they had no evidence that a murder had occurred. Diaz was inebriated and eventually died from a fracture at the base of the skull.
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Start your review of El gran desierto L. Quartet, 2 Write a review Shelves: hardboiled "It was written that I should be loyal to the nightmare of my choice. Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness. The police arrested 17 Hispanic males for the murder even though they had no evidence that a murder had occurred.
Diaz was inebriated and eventually died from a fracture at the base of the skull. No one was able to determine exactly how the fracture "It was written that I should be loyal to the nightmare of my choice. No one was able to determine exactly how the fracture occurred. He could have just fallen or been in a car accident, details are sketchy. Regardless all 17 of the Hispanics were sentenced to varying lengths of jail time.
This was It pissed a lot of people off. In war has broken out and thousands of White American sailors and marines are stationed in Los Angeles. They find the Zoot Suits worn by the Hispanic males as unpatriotic and too extravagant to be worn during war. Riots broke out with sailors and marines cruising the streets looking for Zoot Suits to slash with razor blades embedded in 2x4s. Sailors and Marines keeping America safe from the invasion of Zoot-Suits.
There are realistic fears that if this were to come to light that it could spark another riot. The case is further compounded by the fact that it is suspected the victim is a homosexual. The investigating officer Danny Upshaw already knows how his fellow officers will label the crime. Even though Upshaw is told to let this investigation slide back into the primordial desires from which it sprung He is dealing with conflicting feelings about his own sexual orientation and there are circumstances regarding the death that are beyond just torture, beyond just murder.
He is a rising star in the department and when Lieutenant Mal Considine is asked to head up a task force investigating Communism in Hollywood Upshaw is asked to join the team.
If he keeps his nose clean he could be the youngest man to ever receive Lieutenants bars. You know how it is.
Now Considine is a piece of work. While he was making the world safe for democracy in Europe his wife was hiding the salami with one of his co-workers Buzz Meeks. He finds out about it and falls in lust with a Czechoslovakian woman who had been the mistress of a Nazi officer that just happens to be on trial. She tells him stories about the sexually perverted things this Nazi used to do to her. It turns him on. It infuriates him. He shoots the Nazi in the face several times.
Because he is a rising star, and after all it is only a Nazi the whole incident is swept under the carpet. He brings the woman back to the states and marries her. In she wants a divorce. She tells him that all those things that she told him about the Nazi were made up because she could tell how much it turned him on.
He beats her to a pulp. It will be alright Mal, your future is still bright. This will all be worked out after all she is barely a citizen. Buzz find me something young and fresh. Buzz Meeks is a disgraced cop for a variety of infractions, but lands on his feet with a job pimping underage girls for Howard Hughes. It can be slow or it can be fast what you say next is going to decide which. Death wish much? More corpses show up. Cops are shot. Betrayal is the natural order of business creating unlikely allies in a race to discover who will die next and who needs to die next.
Jazz musicians, burglary, wolverines, heroin, queer escort services. The book is full of interesting, flawed characters who will continue to create involuntary shudders from me for the next several months. Ellroy does have one white knight, but he is so scrambled mentally that he sinks under the constriction of his own confusion. I found the book ponderous which is why despite the Herculean effort by Ellroy I landed on three stars.
There was so much going on that I felt overwhelmed and wanted Ellroy to wrap up some of the loose threads sooner. The book is subtitled The Red Scare and I wanted more of the investigation into Communism, but the characters became too mired in their personal problems shoving that part of the book to a backburner. Ellroy was criticized for being too flagrant with his depiction of a homophobic America.
Maybe he does bludgeon the reader with the stupid behavior surrounding homophobia, but then Ellroy always uses a big stick when he is trying to make a point. I enjoyed the other two novels in the L. Quartet: The Black Dahlia and L. The fourth book, White Jazz , I still need to read and after I shake off some of the weight of this book I will certainly read it as well.
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Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: I think my preconceived notions about Meaks prevented me from embracing the character. Customers who bought this item also bought. The second book, The Big Nowhere, happens in the early fifties focused on a series of murders of gay men in L. It really has all you want out of LA Noir. There are desiierto discussion topics on this book yet. Along the lines of the tone of the darkest noir, Jim Thompson stuff, but also reminds me a bit of Hunter S. Se lo que estas pensando Spanish Edition.
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Dataur Read more Read less. Meeks is an ex-cop who is equally comfortable paying a bribe or cracking a skull with his trusty night stick. Can you dig this, hepcat? There are basically two story lines. They are so witty, precise and true you want grna start the paragraph again just to appreciate how good it was.
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