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A [[Film/LAConfidential film adaptation]] was released in 1996, though the sprawling novel was significantly condensed and altered. Two separate attempts at series followed, in 2003 and 2018, but neither pilot was picked up.

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A [[Film/LAConfidential film adaptation]] was released in 1996, 1997, though the sprawling novel was significantly condensed and altered. Two separate attempts at series followed, in 2003 and 2018, but neither pilot was picked up.


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* PyrrhicVictory: Ed Exley.
-->'''Lynn''': ''Some men get the world. Others get ex-hookers and a trip to Arizona. You're in with the former, [[SympathyForTheHero but God, I don't envy the blood on your conscience]].''


* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Dudley Smith, the corrupt and murderous police captain who escaped justice already in 'TheBigNowhere', pulls the same trick again, getting off scott free as the mastermind of the Nite Owl Killings after his accomplices are all killed. The novel ends with Ed Exley promising Bud White he'll bring Smith to justice, cementing Smith's status as a BiggerBad of the L.A. Quartet as a whole.]]

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Dudley Smith, the corrupt and murderous police captain who escaped justice already in 'TheBigNowhere', pulls the same trick again, getting off scott free as the mastermind of the Nite Owl Killings after his accomplices are all killed. The novel ends with Ed Exley promising Bud White he'll bring Smith to justice, cementing Smith's status as a BiggerBad of the L.A. Quartet as a whole.justice.]]


* WouldHurtAChild: The Frankenstein murderer, as well as a serial rapist/murderer unofficially dubbed the [[Squick Three-Hole Killer]] who becomes a target of Bud White's personal manhunt after killing his fourteen-year-old witness.

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* WouldHurtAChild: The Frankenstein murderer, as well as a serial rapist/murderer unofficially dubbed the [[Squick Three-Hole Killer]] who becomes a target of Bud White's personal manhunt after killing his fourteen-year-old witness.


* WouldHurtAChild: The Frankenstein murderer, as well as a serial rapist/murderer who becomes a target of Bud White's personal manhunt after killing his fourteen-year-old witness.

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* WouldHurtAChild: The Frankenstein murderer, as well as a serial rapist/murderer unofficially dubbed the [[Squick Three-Hole Killer]] who becomes a target of Bud White's personal manhunt after killing his fourteen-year-old witness.


* BodyHorror: The Frankenstein killing that made Preston Exley's career. The killer abducted and murdered children, dismembered them, and put the body parts together to create his "ideal child". For the perfect face, he decapitated a child actor known as "Wee Willie Wennerholm".



** Richard Stensland was already a Broken Pedestal for Bud White well before the events of the novel. White feels that he owes a debt to "Stens" for mentoring him as a rookie, and believes that he used to be an admirable police officer. However, despite his loyalty, even White recognizes that Stensland has gone off the rails with his drinking and general poor conduct.



* BlackAndGrayMorality: Once again, Ellroy's protagonists are barely more than a lesser evil compared to those around them.
** Bud White is redeemable by his soft spot for women and his earnest hatred of abusers, but he's still a corrupt and brutal cop who cares more about taking care of his even more corrupt friends than actually upholding the law. He also turns himself into something of a {{Hypocrite}} [[spoiler: when he beats Lynn Bracken]].
** Jack Vincennes killed two innocent civilians while intoxicated during a shootout, an incident which was suppressed, and his involvement in the main case is a result of him hunting down the blackmail file implicating him in this shooting. He essentially falls backwards into the Nite Owl investigation while trying to cover his own ass.
** Edmund Exley is an idealist who genuinely wants to uphold "absolute justice", but he's also an ice-cold opportunist and a pragmatist. He earned a medal of honor in the Pacific when he stumbled across a platoon of dead Japanese soldiers, shot up the corpses with a machine gun, and staged it to look like he had killed them single-handedly.



* SwordOverHead: [[spoiler: Exley finally tracks down David Mertens, the Frankenstein killer responsible for numerous gruesome deaths including children, and has him at gunpoint. He finds Mertens to be a confused, incoherent mess of a human being, and spares him. He tosses Mertens his antipsychotic pills, and the killer gratefully takes his meds.]]

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* SwordOverHead: [[spoiler: Exley finally tracks down David Mertens, the Frankenstein killer responsible for numerous gruesome deaths including children, and has him at gunpoint. He finds Mertens to be a confused, incoherent mess of a human being, and spares him. He tosses Mertens his antipsychotic pills, and the killer gratefully takes his meds.]]]]
* WouldHurtAChild: The Frankenstein murderer, as well as a serial rapist/murderer who becomes a target of Bud White's personal manhunt after killing his fourteen-year-old witness.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: Dudley Smith, naturally. Pierce Patchett as well, who presents a perfectly reasonable and friendly face while being open about some of his criminal exploits, but as more is revealed about him, the more disturbing he becomes.


* PsychopathicManchild: [[spoiler: David Mertens, a.k.a. Douglas Borchard, a.k.a. Douglas Dieterling, the second Frankenstein killer. Suffering from a severe mental illness that seems to involve brain inflammation, Mertens descends into an incoherent, violent state if he misses his regular dosage of antipsychotic drugs. His father Raymond Dieterling has Mertens supervised by a "handler" who keeps him medicated so he can function, working a menial job on one of Dieterling's film sets.]]



* SuicidePact: [[spoiler: Preston Exley, Raymond Dieterling and Inez Soto all overdose on antipsychotic drugs, in the middle of Dieterling's amusement park, once Exley and Dieterling's conspiracy connected to the Frankenstein murders is uncovered.]]

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* SuicidePact: [[spoiler: Preston Exley, Raymond Dieterling and Inez Soto all overdose on antipsychotic drugs, in the middle of Dieterling's amusement park, once Exley and Dieterling's conspiracy connected to the Frankenstein murders is uncovered.]]
* SwordOverHead: [[spoiler: Exley finally tracks down David Mertens, the Frankenstein killer responsible for numerous gruesome deaths including children, and has him at gunpoint. He finds Mertens to be a confused, incoherent mess of a human being, and spares him. He tosses Mertens his antipsychotic pills, and the killer gratefully takes his meds.
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* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler: Buzz Meeks, the last man standing from 'TheBigNowhere', is abruptly bumped off by Dudley Smith in the prologue chapter.]]

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* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler: Buzz Meeks, the last man standing from 'TheBigNowhere', is abruptly bumped off by Dudley Smith in the prologue chapter.]]
* SuicidePact: [[spoiler: Preston Exley, Raymond Dieterling and Inez Soto all overdose on antipsychotic drugs, in the middle of Dieterling's amusement park, once Exley and Dieterling's conspiracy connected to the Frankenstein murders is uncovered.
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** Subverted by Inez Soto, rape victim of the Nite Owl suspects, who initially seems to serve this role for White in particular. However, Inez is out for blood, and weaponizes both cops' feelings for her to push one of them to kill her rapists. [[spoiler: It's Exley who eventually does so.]]

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** Subverted by Inez Soto, rape victim of the Nite Owl suspects, who initially seems to serve this role for Bud White in particular. However, Inez is out for blood, and weaponizes both cops' White and Exley's feelings for her to push one of them to kill her rapists. [[spoiler: It's Exley who eventually does so.]]


** Subverted by Inez Soto, who is actively out for blood, and weaponizes both White's and Exley's feelings for her to get one of them to kill her rapists. [[spoiler: It's Exley who eventually does so.]]

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** Subverted by Inez Soto, rape victim of the Nite Owl suspects, who initially seems to serve this role for White in particular. However, Inez is actively out for blood, and weaponizes both White's and Exley's cops' feelings for her to get push one of them to kill her rapists. [[spoiler: It's Exley who eventually does so.]]

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* MoralityPet: Vincennes' wife Karen serves as this to an extent, as he initially tries to maintain his best behavior around her. His relationship to Karen also serves to exacerbate his guilt over the two innocent civilians he killed.
** Subverted by Inez Soto, who is actively out for blood, and weaponizes both White's and Exley's feelings for her to get one of them to kill her rapists. [[spoiler: It's Exley who eventually does so.]]


A 1990 novel by Creator/JamesEllroy, making up the third, and by far the longest installment of his "L.A. Quartet" series. Spanning nearly the entirety of the 1950s, this crime epic follows the investigations of three L.A.P.D. officers as they gradually unravel a dense, intricate web of criminal conspiracies, connecting murder to drugs to pornography to showbusiness to corruption.

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A 1990 novel by Creator/JamesEllroy, making up the third, and by far the longest installment of his "L.A. Quartet" series. Spanning nearly the entirety of the 1950s, this crime epic follows the investigations of three L.A.P.D. officers as they gradually unravel a dense, intricate web of criminal conspiracies, connecting murder to drugs to pornography to showbusiness to police corruption.

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* BigBadEnsemble: [[spoiler: Captain Dudley Smith, the new ringleader of various criminal dealings in Los Angeles since Mickey Cohen's absence, and the mastermind of the Nite Owl killings. Deuce Perkins, one of the real Nite Owl shooters, who's also a serial rapist and murderer hunted by Bud White. Raymond Dieterling, a showbusiness giant who covered up his illegitimate son's involvement in the serial murder of children. Preston Exley, a construction magnate and former cop who entered a conspiracy with Dieterling. David Mertens, the aforementioned illegitimate son and child killer. Pierce Patchett, a purveyor of drugs, pornography, prostitution and blackmail with connections to nearly every other major player in the novel's various conspiracies.]]

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