I think BROWN'S REQUIEM is an okay book, but it's too deep in the clichés
and stereotypes of the typical private eye novel, even though there are some
moments in which Ellroy tries to go for something new. As for KILLER ON THE
ROAD, I'm sorry to say I haven't read it.
I was thinking mainly about the Lloyd Hopkins trilogy. Some of the books are
better, but - the titles escape me and I can't bother to look them up -
there's always the feeling Ellroy just wanted to go over the top. I don't
the same feeling from the LA Quartet, even though the books are full with
grizzly and grotesque stuff.
I can't go into the discussion over implausibility in crime fiction. Suffice
to say: I know it when I see one.
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