White Jazz

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: James Ellroy

Narrated By: Scott Brick

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: June 2007

Duration: 15 hours 35 minutes

Summary:

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.

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  • 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!