The Big Nowhere by James Ellroy

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Los Angeles, 1950 Red crosscurrents: the Commie Scare and a string of brutal mutilation killings. Gangland intrigue and Hollywood sleaze. Three cops caught in a hellish web of ambition, perversion, and deceit. Danny Upshaw is a Sheriff's deputy stuck with a bunch of snuffs nobody cares about; they're his chance to make his name as a cop...and to sate his darkest curiosities. Mal Considine is D.A.'s Bureau brass. He's climbing on the Red Scare bandwagon to advance his career and to gain custody of his adopted son, a child he saved from the horror of postwar Europe. Buzz Meeks-bagman, ex-Narco goon, and pimp for Howard Hughes-is fighting communism for the money. All three men have purchased tickets to a nightmare.

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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, and White Jazz-were international best sellers. His novel American Tabloid was Time magazine's Best Book (fiction) of 1995; his memoir, My Dark Places, was a Time Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book for 1996. His novel The Cold Six Thousand was a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book for 2001. Ellroy lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published January 1, 2013 by Grand Central Publishing. 419 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Crime, History. Fiction

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Out of guilt, Meeks, with the help of Considine, picks up on his homicide investigation and uncovers a tale of homosexual incest, homosexual betrayal, rage, murder, and revenge, all neatly documented by the Commie psychiatrist.

Mar 28 2012 | Read Full Review of The Big Nowhere

Los Angeles in 1950 is a city characterized by sleaze and sexism; racial, religious, and ethnic hatred; and corrupt, gangster-controlled police organizations. In this work, the LAPD and its competitor, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, are thrown together to combat the "Red scare": the Commun...

Mar 01 2016 | Read Full Review of The Big Nowhere

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