Retrato único de una ciudad y sus entrañas, El gran desierto es la segunda novela del «Cuarteto de Los Ángeles», tetralogía. El gran desierto has ratings and reviews. Kemper said: Can you dig this, hepcat?It’s January 1, in Los Angeles. A witch hunt for commie. Buy El Gran Desierto (Negra Zeta (Paperback)) Translation by James Ellroy ( ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free .

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Like most things, it’s less about politics and ideology and more about money, and how the movie studios can save a buck or two by siding with Deskerto Teamsters and crushing the fledgling leftist unions, but all three men go along: As I was drawn deeper and deeper into the story, I once again found myself caring how things would shake out for the detectives jmaes what the consequences would be.

Some of the more interestingly drawn supporting characters include a sexually voracious heiress with Communist sympathies, a plastic surgeon with the disconcerting habit of picking wllroy fingernails with a scalpel whose clients include movie stars and gangsters, and the absolute apotheosis of corruption, the smiling, blarney-slinging monster cop, Dudley Smith.

Some studio executives are hand-in-hand with the civic administration, corrupt policemen and organized crime. Mal is fighting for custody for his son Stefan. Oh Ted, how were grzn ever able to pull off that charade?

English Choose a language for shopping. I wasn’t recognising it as good objecti It’s an idiom so applicable I’m not even going to bother typing it. Read more Read less. Locusts attacking social causes with the wrong information and bogus solutions, their one legit gripe–the Sleepy Lagoon case–almost blown through guilt by association: Danny Upshaw is young, pursuing his education, bright with hope and ambition to become a detective.

Someone is murdering and desiwrto g Broader in scope and less personal than The Black Dahlia. Other books in the series.


It was still great though. Like a step down in depravity from that world. One of the best things about James Ellroy’s novels is how they have the inexorable force of history behind them–history both real and major the Sleepy Lagoon murder, the zoot suit riots, etc. Urged to “go along to get along”, he refuses to drop his investigation to his great peril.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: It was only towards the end of the novel that they all became clear to me, I felt many were unnecessary to the story.

Perfectly paced and plotted and readers, it is really, really plottednot a single detail out of place or missing. He said he was doing his part to undermine the American system of jurisprudence. Confidential y Jazz blanco Any review of Ellroy must give a customary nod to his unique style, so heed the notice if you like your sentences with Dickens-esque eloquence.

Refresh and try again. It took me about forty pages to get into it, but once I was hooked, I ditched my schedule to finish the story.

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And it’s not that it’s unmoving — it certainly has elements of tragedy — but none of the characters is as introspective as Bucky Bleichert, and Ellroy seems less interested in navigating the emotional landscape this time around.

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He’s also the one wondering if Mal’s responsible for edsierto bullets he took a few years ago, though he’s sensible about it: El gran desierto Desifrto. Or if, say, a discussion came up about whether we ought to return to the Cold War fifties, Ozzie and Harriet, sock hops, and so on, Elllroy might just punch you in the face over that one.

What mess there is here, though, feels organic, like the natural hames of having this many people and this much corruption in one jamees, and the ending both pulls things together and provides you with a chronology that makes you feel how the mistakes and crimes of a bunch of people slowly intersected and built off each other to lead to this kind of catastrophe.


The LA it depicts is a ungodly dystopia, like a place that exists in the subconscious. This is not only a great crime novel, it’s a really good novel period. He is unflinching in his depictions of the brutality and racism of American culture, and only rarely does it feel like he’s writing for shock value.

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Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: He might just have an opinion about what it might mean to Make America Great Again. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Vintage Ellroy, with non-stop attitude, nastiness and above all, voice.

He’s a writer of incredible economy, sentences rarely exceed more than a line and the action comes in short, sharp bursts, which is good, when the action drives the story.

As with other Ellroy novels I’ve read the journey seems like taking, a less than bucolic, route while the destination remains fantastic. But that, ultimately, is okay, because he navigates the sociopolitical one which is obviously more what he’s known for quite awesomely. For that, Raymond Chandler remains the master on this path.

One could see glimpses in The Black Dahlia of the writer he would become. It takes a lot of effort, and even though the story is perhaps too unwieldy by the last 50 pages or so, Ellroy mostly manages.