1992 novel by James Ellroy
David Douglas Klein is an LAPD detective who moonlights as an assassin for several Los Angeles organized crime syndicates. In the looming shadow of a federal investigation in to the endemic corruption in the LAPD, a routine burglary investigation soon drags Klein into the nightmarish intersection of law enforcement, crime, and Hollywood at the close of the 1950s
Tropes used in this book:
- Beige Prose: Originally 700 pages long, the publisher asked Ellroy to make it shorter. He responded by removing every word that could be considered the slightest bit superfluous.
- Dirty Cop: Almost every major character, and most of the supporting cast
- Eye Scream