The final book in James Elroy’s ‘LA Quartet’ series. Los Angeles, 1958 – a city on the make. A boom town at the edge of a new era ripe for plunder.
Lieutenant Dave Klein- in turn a lawyer, bagman, slum landlord, mob killer. Klein stands at the centre of a complex web of plots where violence and death will intersect. 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…