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Ropels him into a dangerous alliance with certain mad and unstable elements of the law enforcement hierarchy When the case implodes with disastrous conseuences it is Fred Underhill who takes the fall His life is in ruins his promising future suddenly a dream of the past And his good and pure love for a crusading woman lawy. I haven t looked into where this sits in Ellroy s oeuvre but it s a bit of a mess Plus side a few of the characters are the most compelling of Ellroy s creations I really didn t know what was really going on until the last chapterDownside I had a very hard time understanding the motives of the very complex main character Fred Underhill Seems that Ellroy was trying to include as many disparate traits in one man as he could get away with and I don t think he really does get away with it Still a good uick and rich read but than any Ellroy to date it made me feel that I had to suspend judgement a number of times to move forward with the story

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Fred Underhill is a young cop on the rise in Los Angeles in the early 's a town blinded to its own grime by Hollywood glitter a society nourished by newspaper lies that wants its heroes all American and sueaky clean A chance to lead on a possible serial killing is all it takes to fuel Underhill's reckless ambition and it p. A cracking piece of crime fiction and an early and personal novel from Ellroy after the slaying of his own mother Here in 50 s Los Angles ambitious rookie cop Fred Underhill who is also too cocky and smug for his own good tackles a murder case involving a strangled female to try and get a name for himself so he is catapulted up through the ranks the woman in uestion was a lonely dame he had recently picked up in bar and spent the night with Eventually this would lead him to team up with the fearsome and psychotic Lieutenant Dudley Smith his first outing for Ellroy but things don t go to plan and in the end he is forced to stand down A few years later another killing similar to the one before and this lingers in his mind and stays there once a cop always a cop and it s not long before he starts up another investigation on his own which will send him on a journey of obsession into the dark underbelly of Tinseltown and beyond to seek justice and the truth regardless of where this will leave him And it s from the mid point onwards that Ellroy s talent really shines through with a dark complex and enthralling plot he perfectly captures both place and time A love story multi layered characters twists and turns plenty of leads and suspects to send your brain into a frenzy make up a great hard as nails noir thriller This would go on and set up the scene for his now legendary LA uartet of which I would say there are similarities with The Black Dahlia and especially The Big Nowhere my personalfavorite although this was rougher around the edges and easier to read because the cop slang dialogue of his later work was not present so unless you were hanging around with cops in downtown LA back in the 50 s this works well and is understandableat least to some degree anyway As for James Ellroy he is master of the crime genre and is set apart from everybody else because of his ability to go that extra mile This would be a great introduction to Ellroy for those who have never read him

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Er has been corrupted and may not survive But even without the authority of a badge Fred Underhill knows that his only hope for redemption lies in following the investigation to its grim conclusion And the Hell to which he has been consigned for his sins is the perfect place to hunt for a killer who hungers but has no soul. I love LA Confidential the film so much that I wanted to read a book that evoked the same milieu the same literary terroir while avoiding a retread of the same plot that would inevitably come with reading LA Confidential the novel itself What better way to accomplish that goal than by going to James Ellroy s other work Clandestine isn t one of Ellroy s most widely known efforts but possibly because it was one of his earliest there s a rough edged rawness to the writing that I found absorbing than some other obviously polished hard boiled novels Reading this was a bit like reading Hammett with a twist of Chandler sharp prose engrossing plot and complex and deeply flawed characters At times it seems that Ellroy is engaging in a public therapy session to work out his well publicized personal issues in his writing and I say fine by me it results in some superb noir Highly recommended


10 thoughts on “Clandestine

  1. says:

    'Wonder' meant the same thing to both of us the job the streets the people and the mutable ethos of we who had to deal daily with drunks hopheads gunsels wienie waggers hookers reffer smokers burglars and the unamed lonely

  2. says:

    A cracking piece of crime fiction and an early and personal novel from Ellroy after the slaying of his own mother Here in 50's Los Angles ambitious rookie cop Fred Underhill who is also too cocky and smug for his own good t

  3. says:

    Pretty good early Ellroy Though I had problems with the middle third the pacing just goes totally dead as he goes into a longwinded heavily expository backstory I'd still call this essential to anyone like me who loved the LA uartet as it introduces key characters like Dudley Smith and locales like the Victory Motel that figure so prominently in the uartet In fact the entire first third reads a lot like the LA uartet

  4. says:

    When I went to a James Ellroy reading I went through my collection to find a good one I wanted him to autograph I picked Clandestine It's that good When he signed it he wroteTo Andy Doom DwellsJames Ellroy

  5. says:

    Even when reading one of James Ellroy's earliest and most conventional novels it's easy to understand both why he divides fans of crime fiction so much and why he's one of the writers in the genre who have earned the most respect from academic literary circles Clandestine is far from perfect but mostly succeeds in going even further than Hammett and Chandler in elevating the detective novel to serious literatu

  6. says:

    I haven't looked into where this sits in Ellroy's oeuvre but it's a bit of a mess Plus side a few of the characters are the most com

  7. says:

    review of James Ellroy's Clandestine by tENTATIVELY a cONVENIENCE JUNE 6 2017 Read the full review here It's been a while

  8. says:

    My first Ellroy book and it won't be my last but I wasn't very intrigued by this one SPOILERS BELOWThe main character is something of a cipher and mishmash at first an ambitious good guy but later like a younger Dudley Smith himself without much transitional explanation Too many characters are too similar both in name and traits T

  9. says:

    I love LA Confidential the film so much that I wanted to read a book that evoked the same milieu the same literary terroir while avoiding a retread of the same plot that would inevitably come with reading LA Confidential the novel itself What better way to accomplish that goal than by going to James Ellroy's other work? Clandestine isn't one of Ellroy's most widely known efforts but possibly because it was one of his earliest th

  10. says:

    An uneven but still compelling early entry from Ellroy's bibliography As with his debut novel this flashes his un

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