L.A. Confidential – James Ellroy

LAconfidentialcvrThis book contains a series of events so intricately crafted, finely tuned and well meshed that the author gets the prize for best plotted mystery of all time.  Varying threads come together beautifully in this story about police corruption and Hollywood sleaze in the 1950s.  Three LAPD officers become embroiled in a case involving sex, double-dealing and murder following a shoot out at an all night coffee shop.  Edmund Exley is a straight arrow who informs on fellow officers to get ahead.  Wendell “Bud” White is an enforcer who hates men that abuse women.  Jack Vincennes is more celebrity than cop as technical advisor on a television show called Badge of Honor, and provides tips to a scandal magazine.  The three must set aside their differences to unravel a conspiracy that involves organized crime, corruption, heroin trafficking, pornography, prostitution, racism and old Hollywood.  A tour de force in imagination and creativity.

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