Suicide Hill by James Ellroy

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Forced off the L.A. murder squad, Detective Hopkins goes to work for the FBI on an assignment with deadly consequences

Lloyd Hopkins is breaking down. Once the sharpest detective in Los Angeles homicide, the strain of nearly two decades steeped in death has begun to take its toll. His confidence is shot, his self-discipline gone, and he has become prone to fits of uncontrollable sobbing. As his marriage collapses, he forgets how to keep himself disengaged from a case. His habits of sleeping with witnesses, faking evidence, and taking the law into his own hands has disgraced the LAPD, and now Hopkins’s superiors are attempting to force him into early retirement. When he refuses, the department puts him out to pasture with a position as a liaison with the FBI bank robbery unit. The post is meant to be low-stress and murder-free, but where Lloyd Hopkins goes, blood always follows . . .

About James Ellroy

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James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His L. A. Quartet novels - "The Black Dahlia", "The Big Nowhere", "L. A. Confidential", & "White Jazz" - were international best-sellers. His novel "American Tabloid" was Time magazine's Novel of the Year for 1995; his memoir, "My Dark Places", was a "Time" Best Book of the Year & a "New Yorker Times" Notable Book for 1996. He lives in Kansas City.
Published August 30, 2011 by Road. 280 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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So Hopkins winds up not only battling the bank robbers but also trying to out-fox Gaffaney, who plans to murder the criminals rather than capture them.

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