Bennett is deeply engaged in the unknowability of other people and the scourge of colorism. The large cast of characters will at times make you feel a little lost early on, but you eventually figure it out. A brilliant book, more like a historical novel than a crime thriller.

Inseparable identical twin sisters ditch home together, and then one decides to vanish. In my mind it's an LA Trilogy, not a Quartet, and this is where it starts. The novel's first half interweaves two stories of lonely, driven lawmen investigating the crimes of social outcasts. Bennett's novel plays with its characters' nagging feelings of being incomplete—for the twins without each other; for Jude’s boyfriend, Reese, who is trans and seeks surgery; for their friend Barry, who performs in drag as Bianca. It is dark, brutal, ugly, repulsive, despicable and absolutely brilliant. On the way, there will be luscious island atmosphere, cute sundresses, frozen drinks, “slender baguette sandwiches with duck, arugula and fig jam,” lemongrass sugar cookies, and numerous bottles of both Krug and Dom Pérignon, the latter served by a wiseass who offers one of his trademark tasting notes: “This storied bubbly has notes of Canadian pennies, your dad’s Members Only jacket, and…‘We Are Never, Ever, Ever Getting Back Together.’ ” You'll be counting the days until you can return to the Virgin Islands with these characters in the concluding volume of the trilogy. Killed seven men in the line of duty, wore custom-made club-figured ties: 7's, handcuff ratchets and LAPD shields stitched in concentric circles. influencers in the know since 1933. by Stella, ensconced in White society, is shedding her fur coat. All this is expertly paced, unfurling before the book is half finished; a reader can guess what is coming.

This novel is brutal, the kind of book thatlingers. As always, it is the characters that you remember after these books are over. Meanwhile, panel members Considine and Meeks have their own agenda: Considine and his wife are wrangling over child-custody; Meeks, a pimp for Howard Hughes, is sleeping with Cohen's girl and has to blow away bent cop Niels to keep it secret. But I re-read the book anyway, because really, who doesn't love Ellroy?

Ellroy has the talent to make you like even seriously flawed characters like Buzz Meeks, because they still show a human side despite their despicable acts.

It was hard for me to predict the ending, and it got better and better as I got close to the end. Put Your PC-sensitivities on "Pause" and Enjoy the Book, Reviewed in the United States on March 20, 2015. Magazine Subscribers (How to Find Your Reader Number). Categories: This page works best with JavaScript. Reviewed in the United States on July 26, 2019. It was hard for me to predict the ending, and it got better and better as I got close to the end. Transformation is the name of the game with this book because all three of the characters starred are completely different from who they are, but the events still feel organic and natural. Elin Hilderbrand by

), who sets this cops, Commies, crooks, and creeps saga in 1950 L.A. This means we never really get to know any of the three as well as we knew Bucky from book one. Confidential," "The Big Nowhere" is James Ellroy's second book in his L.A. Quartet series (which concludes with "White Jazz"). Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. It's Not How You Start, It's How You Finish, Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2012. You won't regret reading this. This one has the best "good cop who is chewed up and spit out by the corrupt system" and it has the best "dirty cop who sees the error of his ways and redeems himself." It was a cool January day, light blue sky mixed with rain clouds over the Hollywood Hills. GENERAL FICTION |

The Big Nowhere tells a detailed and stunning story with pace and verve, but don’t bother reading if you are worried about political correctness! ! ), who sets this cops, Commies, crooks, and creeps saga in 1950 L.A.

In book one, I sometimes wanted to shake Bucky when he failed to follow through on obvious clues.

Howard got sex crazy in the winter and probably wanted to send him out on a poontang prowl: Schwab's Drugstore, the extra huts at Fox and Universal, Brownie snapshots of well-lunged girls naked from the waist up. 4:45; Howard Hughes was forty-five minutes late. The Big Nowhere is as good as the others. Sandwiched between The Black Dahlia and LA Confidential , The Big Nowhere plumbs the darkest depths of the human soul and dredges up the blackest ichor that we spend immense amounts of energy trying to ignore or escape. Nevertheless, as a wise person once said, shit happens, combusting the family’s prospects and leading to a cliffhanger ending. Desiree, the “fidgety twin,” and Stella, “a smart, careful girl,” make their break from stultifying rural Mallard, Louisiana, becoming 16-year-old runaways in 1954 New Orleans. Jude, so Black that strangers routinely stare, is unrecognizable to her aunt. Rude, dark, and impossible to put down. This was the book that transformed James Ellroy an 'alright novelist' to an absolute must read again and again, in my eyes. Despite all the Commie-baiting, the jive talk, the wisecracks, this is a cop story—too long by at least a third but propelled by a mean, dark vision of the world, with dank, sleazy language.