Clandestine by James EllroyClandestine by James Ellroy


byJames Ellroy

Paperback | January 5, 1999

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Fred Underhill is a young cop on the rise in Los Angeles in the early 1950's -- a town blinded to its own grime by Hollywood glitter; a society nourished by newspaper lies that wants its heroes all-American and squeaky clean. A chance to lead on a possible serial killing is all it takes to fuel Underhill's reckless ambition - and it propels him into a dangerous alliance with certain mad and unstable elements of the law enforcement hierarchy. When the case implodes with disastrous consequences, 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 lawyer 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.
James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His L.A. quartet -- The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential and White Jazz -- were international bestsellers. American Tabloid was Time's Novel of the Year in 1995; his memoir My Dark Places was Time's Best Book and a New York Times Notable book for 1996. His novel The Cold Six...
Title:ClandestineFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.76 inPublished:January 5, 1999Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0380805294

ISBN - 13:9780380805297

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not essential for Ellroy fans Not one of Ellroy's best, but still worth a read if you're a fan of his writing. I wouldn't call it an essential read, though. Not as vivid and bloody as some of his later works. In a way a nice change of pace for his books, but if you've read any of the LA Quartet or Underworld USA books it might satisfy you the way LA Confidential or American Tabloid would. I will say that as the story progresses you do see sort a gradual development in the writing style to the Ellroy people are used to.
Date published: 2013-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Read James Ellroy chooses the fifties as his era and this novel is Ellroy at his best. Though I believe LA Confidential is probably his best work. As usual the genre is crime and the LAPD. Freddy Underhill is the protagonist and when he and his partner are called to the mutilated body of a young woman the trail uncovers a whole string of like murders. The humour, as always' is cynical. The villain of the piece may be a senior officer.
Date published: 2002-11-22

Editorial Reviews

"Ellroy is the master."--"San Diego Union-Tribune

"Not merely a great hard-boiled crime fiction writer, Ellroy's developing into one of the great American writers of our time."--"Los Angeles Times Book review

"Our best living mystery writer."--"Austin Chronicle

Ellroy's crime fiction represents a high mark in the genre."--"New York Newsday