- Title: White Jazz
- Author: James Ellroy
- ISBN: 9780375727368
- Page: 496
- Format: Paperback
Los Angeles, 1958 Killings, beatings, bribes, shakedowns it s standard procedure for Lieutenant Dave Klein, LAPD He s a slumlord, a bagman, an enforcer a power in his own small corner of hell Then the Feds announce a full out investigation into local police corruption, and everything goes haywire.Klein s been hung out as bait, a bad cop to draw the heat, and the heaLos Angeles, 1958 Killings, beatings, bribes, shakedowns it s standard procedure for Lieutenant Dave Klein, LAPD He s a slumlord, a bagman, an enforcer a power in his own small corner of hell Then the Feds announce a full out investigation into local police corruption, and everything goes haywire.Klein s been hung out as bait, a bad cop to draw the heat, and the heat s coming from all sides from local politicians, from LAPD brass, from racketeers and drug kingpins all of them hell bent on keeping their own secrets hidden For Klein, forty two and going on dead, it s dues time.Klein tells his own story his voice clipped, sharp, often as brutal as the events he s describing taking us with him on a journey through a world shaped by monstrous ambition, avarice, and perversion It s a world he created, but now he ll do anything to get out of it alive.Fierce, riveting, and honed to a razor edge, White Jazz is crime fiction at its most shattering.
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When Dave Klein, the dirtiest cop in town, catches a burglary, he quickly becomes entangled in a web of drugs, prostitution, and murderJames Ellroy's four volume treatise on family values and the integrity of the Los Angeles police department comes to a conclusion in White Jazz. White Jazz ties up some nagging lose ends leftover from the previous three volumes. Gone is the "trinity of sin" structure of The Big Nowhere and L.A. Confidential, replaced by a first person narrator, a throwback to The [...]
This conclusion to James Ellroy’s L.A. Quartet is just as wholesome and uplifting as the previous three books with his usual cast of characters such as corrupt cops, gangsters, hustlers, blackmailers, shakedown artists, bag men, thieves, junkies, drug dealers, dog killers, whores, johns, pimps, peepers, perverts, panty sniffers, and politicians. Oh, and most of them are murders, racist, and/or incestuous as a bonus, and that includes the hero of the novel.It's 1958 and LAPD Lieutenant Dave Kle [...]
"in the end I possess my birthplace and I am possessed by its language."-- Ross MacDonald.""Tell me anythingTell me everything.Revoke our time apart.Love me fierce in danger."-- James Ellroy, White Jazz4.5 stars. Sure, you could read this as just the final book in Ellory's masterpiece LA Quartet, but Ellory is playing for bigger stakes. He isn't just writing crime. He is writing the human condition. He isn't just giving you straight dope. He is playing you with pairs. He gives you E. Exley v D. [...]
Feature this is one of Ellroy's best.Dig the economy: scale back the unsustainable sprawl of L.A. Confidential—streamline it. The catch: still cram a CRAAAZY amount of wild plot into a relatively small frame.Single protagonist, single POV—a departure. NO redemptive qualities for the protag: Ellroy's most tainted hero. First-person narration—sharp, minimalistic. Fractured consciousness: a dirty cop seen FROM THE INSIDE OUT.Style: heavy—but not off-putting or hard to read like future Ellro [...]
Every time I've finished an Ellroy book, I've had to sit back and process everything, climb up out of his world, shake my brain free of his expert grasp. With White Jazz, he concludes his epic "L.A. Quartet," by narrowing his focus even more so than in The Black Dahlia, and miles away from the gargantuan L.A. Confidential. Returning to first-person narration and a single protagonist, Ellroy presents a portrait of racist and corrupt police lieutenant Dave Klein, who finds himself a pawn in a law [...]
4 και κάτι ψιλά/5 αστεράκια. Η άποψή μου για το βιβλίο στο site "Book City" και τον παρακάτω σύνδεσμο: Λευκή τζαζ
When I was reading them, each entry in the L.A. Quartet was my favorite book. Kinda awe inspiring to watch James Ellroy move from a style your 11th-grade English teacher might have described as "economical" to a one so determinedly spare it makes Hemingway seem profligate. 'Long about L.A. Confidential, we see him start to use sentences like "Bud, soft." and I started to love things about the English language I'd forgotten about, like how having too many words means you don't need as many rules [...]
RE-READ REVIEW: I'll leave my original review from 2014 up, but I just re-read this and I have no idea what I was thinking giving this four stars originally. It's easily at the same level of brilliance as The Big Nowhere or L.A. Confidential. I suspect that when I inevitably re-read The Black Dahlia I'll give it five as well, because Ellroy is a goddamn genius. Dave "The Enforcer" Klein is the ultimate Ellroy character, an incredibly dirty motherfucker who kills people for the mob and wants to p [...]
The fourth volume in Ellroy's LA Quartet sees a stylistic shift from his previous work as he adopts the paired down, staccato prose which has since become his trademark. LAPD detective and occasional mob-hitman Dave Klein develops a dangerous obsession which will set him on a potentially fatal collision course with the dread Dudley Smith. 1950's LA is presented as a cess pit of vice, corruption and murderous cruelty, the horrors somehow made worse by the Ellroy's unadorned language. Recommended [...]
Feature: Chief of Detectives Edmund Exley, the once morally ambiguous hotshot in LA Confidential, now revealed to be a dangerously polished hyena is mad at the Feds, who are now launching a full fledged investigation into the gutter that is the LAPD. At one of his many press conferences, he says of the probe: "It will fail because he (the Fed head of the probe, Welles Noonan) has grievously underestimated the moral rectitude of the Los Angeles Police Department." No such luck, moral rectitude is [...]
"I fix things, Exley runs things."(I'm not going to go out of my way to spoil the previous novels, but I'm writing this assuming you've read L.A. Confidential at the very least.)At its best, White Jazz feels like it's in the process of rewiring my brain. Ellroy's patented staccato goes beyond style here and almost becomes its own genre, a feverish fury of cross-connections, revelations, instincts, and revulsion. What makes it work is that here we lose the Ellroy trio for a singular narrative, Da [...]
hush-hush magazine, 5/2/08feature this hepcats:north-carolinian noir knuckleheads hook respectable rushdie reader on amphetamine-amped narratively-novel nonsense lit. _white jazz_ delivers double dose of goofball graft and convoluted criminal crosses, but chavez ravine/fed-LAPD probe context can't compete with _american tabloid_'s epic evisceration of early 60s political posturing. all on the QT and very hush-hush.
Saying that nobody writes like Ellroy is like saying nobody invents atomic bombs like Einstein. Working my way back through my favorite Ellroys begins with White Jazz, which is hands-down my favorite. Clooney should get off his ass and star in the movie already. Although I think Don Draper would make a fine Dave Klein, too. GET IT DONE, ASSBAGS!
The final instalment of Ellroy’s L.A. Quartet and, sadly, the worst by a country mile. The clipped, staccato sentences that work so well in the earlier novels have now become disjointed lists with occasional function words thrown in hither and thither. Ellroy has virtually parodied his own style and it makes for an incredibly annoying and difficult novel to read.The story focuses on Dave Klein, a corrupt cop, and his attempts to unravel more crimes than I can relate here; however, the real int [...]
Even burning the dross off of prose leaves something haunted. The menace in Ellroy's streets is a puzzling presence, certainly along the likes of Mieville and Sinclair as it detours into origins and auras, Merleau-Ponty's flux made manifest in gridded streets and contained populations and vices. Ellroy slipped some going into the final act: hyperbole infected his plot and pus reigned supreme. Why have a voyeur/killer plot with incest overtones when one can fashion a virtual tribe of such, all of [...]
2008. Music. Virginia. Good intentions. Bad people. That's all you need to know.
Finalmente sappiamo come andò a finire. Degna conclusione della quadrilogia di Los Angeles, un ciclo leggendario, come viene comunemente chiamata la raccolta di libri che parte con la "Dalia Nera" e finisce con questo "White Jazz" passando per "Il Grande Nulla" e "LA Confidential". Meno chiassoso, fiammeggiante e ambizioso dei precedenti, ma sicuramente un bel finale. Solita ambientazione in una Los Angeles cupa e meschina, dove la polizia e i criminali si scambiano i ruoli, si uniscono, entran [...]
“White Jazz – Noites Brancas”, publicado inicialmente em 1992, é o último livro do L. A. Quartet, juntamente com “A Dália Negra”, “The Big Nowhere” e L. A. Confidential. Li estes três livros, amplamente divulgados, no início dos anos 90 e confesso que passados estes anos não consigo ter uma avaliação “detalhada” para determinar qual o melhor. Mas numa análise exclusiva a “White Jazz – Noites Brancas” tenho a “sensação” de ser claramente um dos melhores livr [...]
Meno conosciuto di altre opere di Ellroy, come Dalia Nera e L.A. Confidential, White Jazz è invece uno dei suoi lavori migliori.Scritto col consueto stile che mescola articoli di giornale, veline della polizia, dialoghi serrati e scene di violenza estrema, è una storia dove si trova la quintessenza del marciume poliziesco, dove non esistono né buoni né cattivi, e dove il più marcio di tutti è quello dall'animo migliore.
LAPD e FBI. corrupção, investigação, subornos, política, violência, hollywood, violência, incesto, violência, narcotráfico, violência, homossexualidade, violência. algumas tiradas com piada, um policial noir muito forte que requer disponibilidade mental dado o grande leque de personagens e a narrativa em estilo cinematográfico.
Where LA Confidential is a moral panorama of casual corruption and acts of kindness breaking through the dark, White Jazz, the sequel, is fixated on utter damnation. The only things that can redeem Klein in the end are his love, that he's not as remarkably evil as Dudley, and his yearning in the present day for what was, for what he had to miss, the need to be "borne back ceaselessly into the past." Ellroy's language is even more ruthlessly chopped up, as liquified and simple as veggies in a ble [...]
The fourth and final installment in James Ellroy's epic L.A. Quartet is one of his bleakest titles (and that is really saying something) but overcomes this with a rollicking and jittery energy that never lets up. Police lieutenant Dave Klein is stuck between a rock and a hard place: he's murdered a suspect, one of many crimes he has committed in the line of duty. The federal prosecutor is bearing down, threatening to prosecute him unless he rolls over on corrupt LAPD colleagues. In the midst of [...]
Holy stream of consciousness, Batman! That's what stands out in this novel is the narrative style chosen by Ellroy. It can be somewhat jarring at first, but once you slip into the patter, it frequently lends something strong and tangible to the story, allowing the reader to come closer to our hero (?) Dave Klein, an uber-crooked cop, trying to solve a few mysteries, work a side gig for Howard Hughes, track down a malicious voyeur, and juggle the L.A. Mob, the LAPD, and the Feds. But while the st [...]
In my first attempt reading White Jazz, I could not understand a thing. Ellroy's book reads like frenetically, a staccato shorthand from a police stenographer's fever dream. It exhausted me. Here I was, a boy at seventeen and wet behind the ears, born ten thousand kilometers from L.A, born fifty years away from its noir setting. What would I know? I put the book down.A few months later, I began to read it again. The prose flowed. It spoke to me. The dark places of very dark men. What I did not u [...]
Los Angeles, 17 ottobre 1958. L'FBI apre un'inchiesta tra i collegamenti tra l'ambiente del pugilato professionistico e la mala vita. Un'inchiesta che potrebbe allargarsi, trascinando anche nel fango tanti personaggi in vista della buona società. Gente difficile da intrappolare. Ci vuole un'esca irresistibile. Come il tenente Dave Klein, il poliziotto più corrotto della città. Klein che ha fatto favori a uomini politici e pubblici funzionari, al re della droga e ai capi del racket, diventa di [...]
Take the least interesting aspects of bad Film Noir scripts, magnify them, enhance with cardboard dialog, add a generous but unnecessary dose of F-word, N-word and others in a silly attempt to achieve a snappy style, and you are left with the utter failure that is White Jazz.Ellroy seems to have fallen victim to his own success with this one. The speech patterns of 1950's L.A. hipsters, gangsters and cops do not a readable novel make.
Lad, Captain Dudley Smith gets his due. Yeah, containment. Contained. Wink (to the extend that he can still wink).Remember, dear reader: you heard it here first, off-the-record, on the Q.T and very Hush Hush.
In questo mese tutta la quadrilogia di LA Strepitosa E questo capitolo finale è per me il migliore Lanciato verso Amercan Tabloid
White Jazz is a gripping finale to one of the greatest ever crime seriesThis review does not contain any spoiler pertaining to White Jazz however it does give out the name of the characters who return from previous Ellroy booksIntroWhite Jazz, the final book in the LA quartet series (it's more of a trilogy, the first book is set in the same universe but has got no bearing on other books. White Jazz however is the direct sequel to LA Confidential so at least reading that before this one is highly [...]
James Ellroyn romaani White Jazz on yksi kaikkien aikojen parhaista lukemistani kaunokirjoista ja tähän mennessä lukemistani Ellroyn romaaneista paras. Juha Ahokas onnistuu käännöksessään jälleen erinomaisesti. Näkökulmatekniikkakin toimii loistavasti.Kirja päättää Los Angeles -kvartetin hienosti. Romaani on itsenäinen tarina, mutta siinä aiemmissa saman sarjan romaaneissa esitetty tapahtumaketju kohtaa päätöksensä (ainakin Dudley Smithin kohdalla). Muutoinkin kirjan viimein [...]
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