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Publisher's Summary

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. And his good and pure love for a crusading woman lawyer has been corrupted and may not survive.
But even without the authority of a badge, Fred Underhill knows that his only hope for redemption lies in following the investigation to its grim conclusion. And the hell to which he has been consigned for his sins is the perfect place to hunt for a killer who hungers but has no soul.
©1982 James Ellroy. Recorded by arrangement with Mysterious Press.com, LLC (P)2013 HighBridge Company
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4 out of 5 stars
By Darwin8u on 05-21-18

Early Proto-Ellroy

"'Wonder' meant the same thing to both of us: the job, the streets, the people, and the mutable ethos of we who had to deal daily with drunks, hopheads, gunsels, wienie-waggers, hookers, reffer smokers, burglars, and the unamed lonely detritus of the human race."
- James Ellroy, Clandestine

An early Ellroy, that planted many of the themes and dark LA seeds that would eventually sprout and mature in his LA Quartet novels (The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, & White Jazz). The book isn't as good as his Quartet, but if you've finished the four and are looking for more Ellroy LA Noir, this is a good place to check out. It was originally published in the early 82 and still hold up very well.

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4 out of 5 stars
By BarelyAudible on 08-31-15

Great Detective Writer beginnings - poorly spoken

If you could sum up Clandestine in three words, what would they be?

Chandler-like Read Aloud

Who was your favorite character and why?

Wacky Walker - he was a real war hero who had seen enough death in WWII

How could the performance have been better?

The Narrator sounded like he was reading the book - which of course he was, but often the best Narrator's just become part of the story - W. Roberts sounded too much like he was reading the words off a page. It ultimately made it hard to tell if the story was good or bad.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nah - altough it was very interesting to read one of Ellroy's older novels - to see how his style has evolved.

Any additional comments?

The narrator ruined it for me.

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