Literature: White Jazz

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