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Blood's A Rover

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Publisher: Knopf

4.4
(19)

Language:English | Number of Pages: 640 | Format: Hardcover

Isbn-10: 0679403930 | Isbn-13: 9780679403937 | Publish date: 

Also available as: Softcover and Stapled , Paperback , eBook

Category: Fiction & Literature , History , Mystery & Thrillers

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    Started reading Blood's A Rover immediately after finishing The Cold Six Thousand, and nearly 7 years after American Tabloid.


    Despite not having JFK, Bobby Kennedy or Martin Luther King's assassination to anchor the novel, Blood A Rover manages to have a stronger narrative drive than The ...continue

    Started reading Blood's A Rover immediately after finishing The Cold Six Thousand, and nearly 7 years after American Tabloid.

    Despite not having JFK, Bobby Kennedy or Martin Luther King's assassination to anchor the novel, Blood A Rover manages to have a stronger narrative drive than The Cold Six Thousand. I think this is because the novel begins with an armed robbery, and readers are curious about this crime and the connection to the key characters. The Cold Six Thousand lacked such a narrative device and thus felt less driven.

    Blood's A Rover also contains the strongest female characters I've read in Ellroy's novels (LA Quartest and the Underworld Trilogy). Sure, these female characters are quite macho, but this still offers some change in the novel.

    In terms of language and style, Ellroy has tamed back the hyper elliptical style in The Cold Six Thousand for slightly more "mainstream" sentences in Blood's A Rover. Ellroy's short bursts of sentences never bothered me, but I know a few friends who've had issues with it. The police / agent jargon is still present but slightly more manageable if you've gotten this far in the series.

    A fitting climax to an outstanding trilogy. Very readable and thrilling.

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    the trilogy ends with a book that resembles (and repeats) The cold 6k: the style is the same, the characters are always 6-feet-3 and muscular, the ellroy jargon is in place and everything runs smooth and tough right til the end.</p><p>unfortunately, Blood's a rover reads like the 2nd ...continue

    the trilogy ends with a book that resembles (and repeats) The cold 6k: the style is the same, the characters are always 6-feet-3 and muscular, the ellroy jargon is in place and everything runs smooth and tough right til the end.</p><p>unfortunately, Blood's a rover reads like the 2nd part of 6k, not like a new original novel in itself (like its two predecessors) and the impression is that ellroy could have done a much better job of it all if he only had focused less on slang and fantapolitics, and more on the individual perspective of the many (and interesting) protagonists.</p><p>the last parts (V and VI) of the novel are the best: the pace somehow slackens and the meaning finally emerges.

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