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Los Angeles, 1950. Red crosscurrents: the commie scare and a string of brutal mutilation killings. Gangland intrigue and Hollywood sleaze. Three cops caught in a hellish web of ambition, perversion, and deceit.
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, a child he saved from the horror of postwar Europe. 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.
©1988 James Ellroy (P)2015 Hachette Audio
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By diggindiana on 07-11-16

Best of the LA Quartet

This was the best of Elliot's LA Quartet IMO, superbly wrought and emotional in its tragic conclusion

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By Thomas J. Quilitzsch on 03-09-17

Red Chasing, Rogue Cops, Hollywood, and a Killer

Once it starts to click, it doesn't let up. My Favorite of the LA quartet.

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