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Los Angeles, 1958. Killings, beatings, bribes, shakedowns--it's standard procedure for Lieutenant Dave Klein, LAPD. He's a slumlord, a bagman, an enforcer--a power in his own small corner of hell. Then the Feds announce a full-out investigation into local police corruption, and everything goes haywire.

Klein's been hung out as bait, "a bad cop to draw the heat," and the heat's coming from all sides: from local politicians, from LAPD brass, from racketeers and drug kingpins--all of them hell-bent on keeping their own secrets hidden. For Klein, "forty-two and going on dead," it's dues time.

Klein tells his own story--his voice clipped, sharp, often as brutal as the events he's describing--taking us with him on a journey through a world shaped by monstrous ambition, avarice, and perversion. It's a world he created, but now he'll do anything to get out of it alive.

Fierce, riveting, and honed to a razor edge, White Jazz is crime fiction at its most shattering.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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White Jazz
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May 10th, 2013
Be patient with this story. It takes awhile but halfway through it really starts rolling. I was surprised how much I liked this book, given its slow start. You really feel the character's desperation and if you've read the other 'Quartet' books you can notice that the old L.A. of the previous books is dead and the L.A. of the 1960's is right around the corner. The murders are shocking and the investigation takes you by surprise with how suddenly it takes a turn. And you really root for the main character, Klein, despite all the awful things he's done. Read this book, it blurs the line between what traditional mystery cop stories say is right and wrong.
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