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The Wallflowers Mistletoe Wedding lYou will read with some reluctance and capitulate in the end The following pages will force you to succumb I am going to tell you everything James Ellroy Blood s a Rover This is how the 60s ends this is how the 60s ends not with a bang but a peeper James Ellroy s Underworld trilogy was fantastic but this was myeast favorite of the three books Looking back I think they all were amazing but this one just dragged a bit too far and wasn t as tight or stylized as his other two But tied all together they create an amazing and yes depressing portrait of the corruption and conspiracies of the JFK American Tabloid assassination Bobby Kennedy MLK The Cold Six Thousand assassinations and Hoover years Filled with CIA agents FBI agents rogue cops corrupt cops black panthers femme fatales voodoo Cuba conspiracies intrigue etc these books read Overnight Heiress like the back side of some warped people s history This isn t your mother or father s history This is the devil s diary the assassin s journal the sludge and the gout of history It is the underbelly and the corruption Sometimes youearn as much from the worm as the eagle This book is the worm and it is brilliant I m sad it is over and sad this series will never again be a shock Reading these books seems to be as close as you can come without ingesting methamphetamine of experiencing the chalk crystal and ice of those years of Camelot that weren t photographed in Life magazine The prose and the dialogue seemed to drill into my brain as I read It was relentless I think about the prose and the narrative and I wonder about how any writer could emerge from birthing this series without scars wounds and serious therapy debt I m glad Ellroy paid the price that we might experience this work of art I just finished reading the The Viscount The Virgin (Silhouette Romance, latest James Ellroy book Blood s A Rover It s a weighty slog to get through the novel at nearly 650 pages I used to be a big James Ellroy fan Now I feel Ellroy is very much past his prime as a relevant writer I finished the book because I wanted to see what happened I read both the good American Tabloid and the terrible The Cold Six Thousand that preceded this hopefullyast entry in the trilogy to the characters involved Ellroy s mostly two dimensional characters and hipster The Debutantes Daring Proposal (Regency Bachelors late 60 s jargon were wearying from the beginning If you reallyike Ellroy read White Jazz again instead Ellroy substitutes what he considers style for substance whenever possible in Blood s A Rover But since he includes characters The Couple in the Dream Suite (Chatsfield Novella, like Nixon J Edgar Hoover various famous mobsters and his main characters are responsible for the JFK RFK and MLK assassinations and much in one way or another he has some built in gravitas which he tends to suander on characters who all seem to hate either African Americans or homosexuals or both Ellroy tosses so many famous characters into the blender of his revisionist history where they emerge asittle than caricatures that the tactic goes from being fun at first to just plain formulaicI m a fan of sex and violence and hard boiled fiction but Blood s A Rover is so persistently ugly and pointless that it just bores me after a while from endless repetition The same puerile nonsense over and over The fascination with Communist insurgency most of the characters either start red or go red during the book in one way or another as a reaction to the fascism of J Edgar Hoover and Nixon etc is constant in Blood s A Rover Yet that red fascination destroys or disfigures all of the main characters in the endBy the end it s hard to care about the big mystery Ellroy hangs his bloated tome on this time around This time it s a stolen shipment of emeralds and cash He ays out the bad guys motivation in a bland chapter of exposition near the end which seems to me to be bad STORYTELLING CRAFT PURE AND SIMPLE I THINK I M craft pure and simple I think I m to try to return the book and get my money back The final book in James Ellroy s Underworld USA trilogy Blood s A Rover is an exciting provocative examination of crooked cops and the conspiracies that have shaped this country Ellroy is probably one of my favorite writers ever but I can t seem to read him one after another I need
#LONG BREAKS BETWEEN HIS BOOKS THEY #breaks between his books they so intense and disturbing They are however a joy to read as his anguage is a hodge podge of cop slang pulp and stream of consciousness His characters are fascinating as well There are never any good guys as Ellroy doesn t believe that anyone is good Everyone is just different shades of evil His anti heroes however do occasionally do the right thing but invariably for the wrong reasons or on accident Blood s A Rover is set between 1964 and 1972 starting with the assassinations of Bobby Kennedy and Dr Martin Luther King and ending with Watergate FBI agent Dwight Holly works directly for JEdgar Hoover cleaning up the messes eft over from Hoover s personal crusades He has just come off the assignment of Bobby KennedyDr King s assassinations setting up the two patsies who would successfully go down in history as the official assassins Hoover s next assignment destroy the militant black organization known as The Black Panthers from within Holly recruits the help of his old cop friend Wayne Tedrow Jr who recently killed his own father so that he could carry on his ove affair with his stepmother without any inconveniences Tedrow has a reputation for killing the most blacks while on duty as an LAPD officer so Holly knows he d be perfect for the gig Then there is Don Crutch Crutchfield a young cop with an unhealthy obsession he s searching for a woman involved in an ard car heist in 63 that resulted in three dead guards two dead robbers and the theft of over several million dollars worth of stolen "Emeralds As Always Ellroy "As always Ellroy countless minor characters and subplots that complicate an already complex plot Therein The Insider lies the fun It may help to read the series in order starting with American Tabloid followed by The Cold Six Thousand as some characters and events from those books are referenced in this one barreling down the 101 in a 63 impala psychojazz suawking outta busted speakers sucking hard at a bottle of beam poppin dexies every few miles truckstop whore s got your cock in her mouth spots and stars and sunbursts all over the sky the road the windshield and yer mainlining speedballing ramrodding straight through american history everythingooks different then maybe There might be some spoilers I will make sure that they pop up Football Dynamo later in the review Don t hit if you don t want to see them The hump sucked up fear and hate wholesale He was a stone shit magnetAfter 1600 plus pages in the past three weeks slumming in the netherworld of Ellroy s vision of American history my brain has fried itself on staccato prose excessive violence and a belief that we are all rotten to the core I feel complic. America's master of noir delivers his masterpiece a rip roaring devilishly wild ride through the bloody end of the 1960's It's dark baby and hot hot hot Martin Luther King assassinated Robert Kennedy assassinated Los Angeles 1968 Conspiracies theories are taking hold On the horizonooms the Democra. Cripts of phone calls and Richard Nixon makes a few very funny call transcripts too as the ultimate political hack who knows he s been bought and paid for But the real people and events start to fade over the course of the book Watergate is barely mentioned as a planned Nixon black bag job The old power structures are crumbling Hoover and Nixon may be the Payback (The Secret Life of Samantha McGregor, last ones standing but the country is growing out of their control By killing theeaders who would have worked within the system people are turning to radical means of change so the Bad White Men revised the rules without realizing it when they killed JFK RFK and MLK The focus here is on Wayne and Dwight s growing horror at the Band of Soldiers lives they reeading and Crutch s growth from an idiot geek they call Dipshit to the same The Jewels of Manhattan lessons that Wayne and Dwightearned And as always with Ellory the attempts at redemption have a terrible costCrutch is one of Ellroy s oddest creations Supposedly based on a real Los Angeles private investigator who Ellroy claims has some extra knowledge of events of this time frame Crutch is also part Ellroy incorporating his well documented tendencies for break ins panty sniffing and window peeping when he was a teen age homeless drunk and drug addict before getting clean and becoming a writer Crutch is a weird hybrid of a couple of real guys written as the watcher who sees everything burn when all the old debts come dueBrutal violent profane but surprisingly tender at times I don t think I d put this one in the class of American Tabloid yet but it s going to haunt me for a while 12Ellroy seems Nation as Mother like he s running out of steam here Story wise and stylistically this novel fits right in as the final book in the Underworld USA trilogy where he documents his own version of the history of this country s turbulent 60 s with this book pulling us from the MLK and Bobbie Kennedy assassinations and into the early 70 s with the Nixon years and the Black Power movement But it s a far cry from the uality of his masterpiece American Tabloid and surprisingly I eveniked it a The Tryst Betrayed littleess than the disappointing The Cold Six Thousand While those two previous books had solid structures that moved on a path to their respective inevitable events in history the historical material here doesn t provide such a trajectory and much of it started to feel really repetitive Even though it s an easier read than Cold Six the main characters here were barely engaging The book s best character by far the fascinating FBIBlack Power Movement double agent Marshall Bowen is relegated to mostly journal entries where the book would ve been so much better if he was a POV characterI still Barron's AP Biology Flash Cards, 3rd Edition love Ellroy s work in general but in this one he either run out of interesting material to fill an epic novel or the good stuff that he did have was misused Ellroy closes out the Underworld USA Trilogy in style with a book that sees its characters moving from authority to revolution and from history s secrets to its marginsAs always Il assume you ve read the preceding books Blood s a Rover continues the story of Wayne Tedrow Jr who fresh from participating in the MLK assassination and orchestrating his father s murder is struggling with guilt burnout and his own past especially how it s reflected back at him by everyone he meets He s trying to keep the hard dangerous uality he developed over the course of The Cold Six Thousand but find better ways to deploy it including a way that he hopes might ead him to some sort of redemption He s tentatively joined in that by FBI agent Dwight Holly whose intimacy with His Leftist Uaker Informant May leftist uaker informant may be starting to tip him towards her beliefs than his own especially with J Edgar Hoover s sharpened deterioration Circling and observing them is Don Crutchfield aka Dipshit aka Peeper whose private eye assistance is really just a monetization of his own deep rooted voyeurism who never met an older woman he couldn t fall in obsession with Given his vanished mother and "The Way All The "way all the of his peeping tom fascination evoke her it s possible Crutch may Remind You of Someone view spoilerwhich Ellroy uses very neatly towards the book s conclusion when he positions Crutch as the authorcollator of the preceding pages hide spoiler This series really does fall victim to the aw of diminished returns I ve already noted how The Cold Six Thousand is not as good as American Tabloid but Blood s A Rover is a considerable dip from all that went beforeIt was never going to be easy American Tabloid focused on the assassination of JFK while The Cold Six Thousand built up to the deaths of RFK and Martin Luther King And although the years after that were tumultuous and eventful ones in America s history there is no big moment for Ellroy to Flashback My Life And Times In Bollywood And Beyond latch onto and the book suffers from malaise as a conseuence well I suppose there is Watergate but that s deliberately ignored He then makes it even harder on himself by having theeast convincing and east rounded central character from The Cold Six Thousand as the only surviving main character into this book That problem is confounded by surrounding him by other truly unconvincing and unpleasant individuals so that there s no one at all for the reader to empathise with Indeed one of the things which seems to have vanished in this volume is Ellroy s sense of distinct character as many of them just blend into each other It wouldn t be inaccurate to say that a fairly un commonplace phrase such as my relationship with him is mutually usurious could be uttered by any single person in this book They all speak in exactly the same wayI guess the big villain of the piece is supposed to be J Edgar Hoover and indeed since he s the only major recurring figure in all three books one could argue that the trilogy is about him Once again though Ellroy gets
it wrong The Director of the FBI is osing his marbles and whereas that gets somewrong The Director of the FBI is The Big Bookshelf losing his marbles and whereas that gets some chuckles it means he stops being a huge scary monster Instead we just have a sad and pathetic old man someone who drools blank eyed in restaurants and what kind of villain does that makeThe book does open with a fantastic robbery scene but then the plot twists and turns many characters die along the way and by the end the whole thing seems to haveost its point The entire structure feels haphazard and all over the place And so the uestion arises all those years ago when Ellroy started to write this trilogy was this really how he conceived the ending An epic tale which began by examining one of the most defining events of the ast fifty years finishes with a whole different set of characters most of whom few people could care about dealing with the conseuences of a fictional robbery in a truly un dramatic wayEllroy is too good a writer to produce a truly terrible book but this a huge disappointment. President’s strong arm goon an ex cop and heroine runner and a private eye whose uarry is so dangerous she could set off the whole powder keg With his trademark deadly staccato prose James Ellroy holds nothing back in this wild startling and much anticipated conclusion to his Underworld USA trilogy.