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Ve lost its point The entire structure feels haphazard and all over
place And so the uestion all those years ago when Ellroy started to write this trilogy was this really how he conceived the ending An epic tale which began by examining one of the most defining events of the last fifty years finishes with a whole different set of characters most of whom few people could care about dealing with the conseuences of a fictional robbery in a truly un dramatic wayEllroy is too good a writer to produce a truly terrible book but this a huge disappointment Ellroy does redemption It s not pleasant There s a mantra that runs Throughout The Book Nobody Dies the book Nobody dies this is Ellroy So you can guess how well that works outIn some ways this review is pointless at least as a guide to any potential reader Let s face it if you ve read American Tabloid and The Cold Six Thousand you already now whether you are go I just finished reading the latest James Ellroy book Blood s A Rover It s a weighty slog to get through the novel at nearly 650 pages I used to be a big James Ellroy fan Now I feel Ellroy is very much past his prime as a relevant writer I finished the book because I wanted to see what happened I read both the good American Tabloid and the terrible The Cold Six Thousand that preceded this hopefully last entry in the trilogy to the characters involved Ellroy s mostly two dimensional characters and hipster late 60 s jargon were wearying from the beginning If you really like Ellroy read White Jazz again instead Ellroy substitutes what he considers style for substance whenever possible in Blood s A Rover But since he includes characters like Nixon J Edgar Hoover various famous mobsters and his main characters are responsible for the JFK RFK and MLK assassinations and much in one way or another he has some built in gravitas which he tends to suander on characters who all seem to hate either African Americans or homosexuals or both Ellroy tosses so many famous characters into. Tic Convention in Chicago and constant gun fire peppers south LA Violence greed and grime are replacing free love and everybody from Howard Hughes Richard Nixon and J Edgar Hoover to the right wing assassins and left wing revolutionaries are getting dirty At the center of it all is a triumvirate the. ,THE PLACE AND SO THE UESTION
This series really does fall victim to the law of diminished returns I ve already noted how The Cold Six to the law of diminished returns I ve already noted how The Cold Six is not as good as American Tabloid but Blood s A Rover is a considerable dip from all that went beforeIt was never going to be easy American Tabloid focused on the assassination of JFK while The Cold Six Thousand built up to the deaths of RFK and Martin Luther King And although the years after that were tumultuous and eventful ones in America s history there is no big moment for Ellroy to latch onto and the book suffers from malaise as a conseuence well I suppose there is Watergate but that s deliberately ignored He then makes it even harder on himself by having the least convincing and least rounded central character from The Cold Six Thousand as the only surviving main character into this book That problem is confounded by surrounding him by other truly unconvincing and unpleasant individuals so that there s no one at all for the reader to empathise with Indeed one of the things which seems to have vanished in this volume is Ellroy s sense of distinct character as many of them just blend into each other It wouldn t be inaccurate to say that a fairly un
Commonplace Phrase Such Asphrase such as relationship with him is mutually usurious could be uttered by any single person in this book They all speak in exactly the same wayI guess the big villain of the piece is supposed to be J Edgar Hoover and indeed since he s the only major recurring figure in all three books one could argue that the trilogy is about him Once again though Ellroy gets it wrong The Director of the FBI is losing his marbles and whereas that gets some good chuckles it means he stops being a huge scary monster Instead we just have a sad and pathetic old man someone who drools blank eyed in restaurants and what ind of villain does that makeThe book does open with a fantastic robbery scene but then the plot twists and turns many characters die along the way and by the end the whole thing seems to ha. America's master of noir delivers his masterpiece a rip roaring devilishly wild ride through the bloody end of the 1960's It's dark baby and hot hot hot Martin Luther King assassinated Robert Kennedy assassinated Los Angeles 1968 Conspiracies theories are taking hold On the horizon looms the Democra. The blender of his revisionist history where they emerge as little than caricatures that the tactic goes from being fun at first to just plain formulaicI m a fan of sex and violence and hard boiled fiction but Blood s A Rover is so persistently ugly and pointless that it just bores me after a while from endless repetition The same puerile nonsense over and over The fascination with Communist insurgency most
of the characters either start red or go red during the book in one way or another as a reactionthe "characters either start red or go red during the book in one "either start red or go red during the book in one or another as a reaction the fascism of J Edgar Hoover and Nixon etc is constant in Blood s A Rover Yet that red fascination destroys or disfigures all of the MAIN CHARACTERS IN THE ENDBY THE END IT S characters in the endBy the end it s to care about the big mystery Ellroy hangs his bloated tome on this time around This time it s a stolen shipment of emeralds and cash He lays out the bad guys motivation in a bland chapter of exposition near the end which seems to me to be bad storytelling craft pure and simple I think I m going to try to return the book and get my money back 12Ellroy seems like he s running out of steam here Story wise and stylistically this novel fits right in as the final book in the Underworld USA trilogy where he documents his own version of the history of this country s turbulent 60 s with this book pulling us from the MLK and Bobbie Kennedy assassinations and into the early 70 s with the Nixon years barreling down the 101 in a 63 impala psychojazz suawking outta busted speakers sucking hard at a bottle of beam poppin dexies every few miles truckstop whore s got your cock in her mouth spots and stars and sunbursts all over the sky the road the windshield and yer mainlining speedballing ramrodding straight through american history everything looks different then maybe it is and this is it in all its nastiness and it just ain t ever gonna stop beam dripping all down your shirt runnin low on whites jizz all over her chin and history is formed forged and foisted on us by the wicked if stone history President’s strong arm goon an ex cop and heroine runner and a private eye whose uarry is so dangerous she could set off the whole powder eg With his trademark deadly staccato prose James Ellroy holds nothing back in this wild startling and much anticipated conclusion to his Underworld USA trilogy. .