Written By: James Ellroy

Narrated By: Scott Brick

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.


  • Cris Sayago

    DIG IT HEPCATS!!! It's 1958. It's the end of James Ellroy's LA Quartet! The city of Lost Angels is becoming ever-so sin-talating! This time the Demon Dog takes uson the journey of the not-squeaky clean Davey Klien a cop, bagman, killer for hire, slumlord and everything in between. Along with having a wicked itch for his younger sister! Getting the picture now daddy-o?! The feds investigate corruption, Ed Exley is now a cold and callous higher-up, Dud Smith is still one baaaaad man, a bright young cop by the name of Junior Stemmons is slowly going mad and wants LA's underworld for himself. He meets a young actress who has upset Mister Howard Hughes. He falls for her. the Dodgers are trying to build a stadium. Davey wants in on the soon-to-be displaced Angelenos, his underworld benefactors want him to Kill! Kill! Kill! Exley wants him to work! work! work! on a verrrry big case Dud Smith is offering a prime job for another big case. the Feds are out for Davey's blood, they want to crucify him for all his naughty deeds. American Underworld's Pete Bondurant makes an appearance almost 3 years before we see his own adventures! Thrills, twists and chills ensue and Dave Klien is running scared and his story ends in a somber conclusion.

  • 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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