White Jazz

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: James Ellroy

Narrated By: Scott Brick

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: June 2007

Duration: 15 hours 33 minutes


The internationally acclaimed author of the L.A. Quartet and The Underworld USA Trilogy, James Ellroy, presents another literary noir masterpiece of historical paranoia.

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 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.


  • HoopRef95

    This was my first Ellroy novel and will not be my last. His style is truly unique. I didn't quite get it at first and didn't think i liked it but as I continued to listen I got and actually enjoyed it. I caught my self talking and thinking in short bursts like his writing. The story is more like a gangster tale except the main criminals are cops. Scott Brick made this book work for me. He could read the phonebook and I would listen. He made the characters appear in my head and added subtleties that made the character more vivid in my imagination. I say download and listen, it is very good!

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