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Clandestine von James Ellroy
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Clandestine (Original 1982; 1997. Auflage)

von James Ellroy

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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.… (mehr)
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Titel:Clandestine
Autoren:James Ellroy
Info:Avon Books (Mm) (1997), Edition: Reissue, Paperback
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A young cop draws a parallel that no one else sees between two brutal murder cases, and his life is never the same again.

This book is sort of a 'prequel' (although it takes place later) to Ellroy's more famous L.A. Quartet. Based on some of the reviews I quickly skimmed before reading, it didn't get the highest ratings so my expectations were somewhat low. Perhaps that worked in this book's favor, because I absolutely could not put it down. The mystery and characters were incredibly compelling, even if the resolution was a tiny bit less climatic than I'd like. The gritty noir style is done perfectly, although it may not be for everyone. Ellroy uses an abundance of racist and misogynistic language, although my interpretation of such language as used here is that it's less a reflection of the author and more of the time period he is conveying -- particularly that he is trying to dispel the notion of simpler, better bygone time by showing the 1950s in their worst light.

For the audiobook reader, William Roberts was the perfect match for this book. His voices and narration were so spot-on that you could almost believe he was actually Fred Underhill (the book's protagonist) speaking to you. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Jun 17, 2019 |
Great start but it fizzled about half way through. Not terrible but nowhere near his best. ( )
  CSDaley | Mar 28, 2018 |
Clandestine by James Ellroy is set in 1951 Los Angeles. The author effortlessly recreates the grit, violence and sordidness of the dark side of this city. Frank Underhill is an ambitious young policemen who allows his suspicions to lead him into an alliance with an unstable and shady detective that has disastrous effects on his life. When a very similar murder takes place a few years later, he is compelled to investigate even though he is no longer a policemen.

This is one of Ellroy’s earlier books and all the plot points that make him such an excellent noir writer are there but the book has a tendency to drag and at times I thought I would never reach the end. However, the author’s in depth exploration of the main characters’ motives and actions raised this book far above normal crime fiction. The author’s vivid descriptions of 1950’s LA and his casual references to the corrupt police practices that were prevalent in those days gave the story a gutsy reality.

Although a little rough around the edges, the twists and turns in Clandestine totally drew me in. With it’s deeply flawed characters and engrossing story the author has evoked a very compelling and disturbing period LA history. As I am a huge fan of noir fiction and I admired the author’s writing style, James Ellroy is certainly an author that I will be visiting again. ( )
1 abstimmen DeltaQueen50 | Oct 14, 2016 |
I thoroughly enjoyed “L.A. Confidential” and “American Tabloid” that I read many years ago. I caught L.A. Confidential on cable a few weeks ago and that whet my appetite for an Ellroy novel. While I was in the bookshop I stumbled across “Clandestine” and realized that several if the characters from the L.A. novels were also in this one.

I was not disappointed. This story introduces a young cop named Freddy Underhill. He is on the rise in the Wilshire district and in an effort to become one of the youngest detectives in the L.A.P.D., he pursues the possibility of a serial killer while finding love with a local District Attorney.

In so doing, he is introduced to Dudley Smith and his underlings. These cops are not exactly squeaky clean in the manner in which they extract confessions from defendants. Underhill falls in with them as Stakes him as a possible protégé. Underhill, knowing that Smith will try to grab the glory, attempts to out maneuver him and ends up being triple crossed and the defendant comes to an unfortunate end. This ends up with Freddy losing his job as a member of the L.A.P.D.

Flash forward four years and Freddy sees yet another murder that appears to be related to the previous ones that Freddy investigated. An intricate series of events of unfolds that tie together several of the events and individuals discussed in the earlier part of the novel.

What I love about his writing, aside from these complicated plots, is the realism of the language he uses. It is era appropriate and locality appropriate. I also enjoy the style. It is unique and if you haven’t read any Ellroy, it may take you a few chapters to get used to the flow.

This is easily a four star read. I recommend any of his books. L.A> Confidential is a wonderful place to start but there is a substantial body of his work that will keep a reader interested and engaged for some time to come. ( )
1 abstimmen ozzieslim | May 3, 2015 |
http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/3493739/

This book came along as a ring book. Will be reading it soon.

At first I had a little difficulty getting into this book. A diiferent style of writing / placed in a different period with habits and objects I know the name of in Dutch but I'm not familiar with in English.
When I read over / through that, I liked the story.
Somewhere half way though, I thought of putting it down. It as quite violent, brutal and I started to dislike the book because of it. Not because of the bloodyness or the not so explicit sexual contents that the writer talked about in the introduction. No, it was the atmosphere, the 'normality' of the violence and how a man was dragged into that that shok me.

I finished it after all and I'm glad I did. I liked it that the pieces came together, that a , however fired as a cop, never forgets what happened and after many years still tries to make right what went wrong either for himself or for the people still alive that are involved too, that did not matter to me very much.

All in all it was a nice read :-)
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  BoekenTrol71 | Mar 31, 2013 |
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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.

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