• Suicide Hill

  • By: James Ellroy
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (181 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In disgrace after a badly handled arrest in New Orleans, Sergeant Lloyd Hopkins is assigned as a liaison officer to an FBI investigation of a series of diabolical and clever bank robberies. Three men have done their homework: they choose bank managers who are having affairs, kidnap their girlfriends, and force the managers to open the banks early. When the bank robbers turn violent, Hopkins finds himself with a bit of information he would rather not have - information about police corruption that reaches into the office of his sworn enemy Fred Gaffney, head of the Internal Affairs Division.
©1986 James Ellroy (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America

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Try this title for a change of pace

I've read or listened to most of Ellroy's work but I was not aware of this series until I found it browsing Audible. The book is set in Hollywood during the Disco Era. The protagonist is a brilliant detective with a truckload of personal demons. The bad guy is a highly intelligent auto mechanic who is trying desperately to hang on to the love of his life.
This is not the "normal" noir Ellroy. The narrator does an excellent job. Give it a listen.

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Ellroy at his best

Spectacularly plotted novel of an intelligent criminal going quickly insane and a police officer that everybody knows has been insane for years. No quirky literary devices or odd sentence structures, just a powerful plot populated with compelling, believable characters heading in a direction difficult to deduce but you're in for the finish as fast as you can get there. Ellroy at his gritty, violent best.

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shades of greatness

reads more like an ellmore lenord , this early ellroy has hints of arche typical characters which would be sharply focused in later work . The story more straight forward crime , cops and robbers . rebop and jive talk enough to keep a fan wetted and listening, if Im lyin im flyin .

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full of racial slurs

too many un needed racial slurs. ruined an otherwise decent story. disappointing to say the least.

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Weird

The story was very disconnected and improbable. Left me scratching my head. Won't be listening to any more of the authors books.

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great crime novel

love all these old crime books and this one is no different. fast paced and keeps you interested the whole time. one of the best writers of this style, if you're into noir crime, this is a winner for sure!

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So awesome !

And incredibly narrated! Elroy has such an individualized writing style and it's a great reprieve from the usual!

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A little weird but a good listen

Story line was a little complex - felt a bit like watching a David Lynch movie, sometimes difficult to follow. But entertaining and performed well.
Don’t understand why other reviews said it was too vulgar - heard much worse on the street.

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real live crime

bloody, stupid and funny, foul language and absolutely not politic, this is a condensed tale of cops and robbers from the 80's, unsullied by romance or grace

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Nothing to see here

Disappointing. Weak story. Senseless plot. There are no interesting characters, just flat uninteresting cardboard cutouts.

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