James Ellroy s L.A. Confidential is epic noir, a crime novel of astonishing detail and scope. It stands as a steel-edged time capsule Los Angeles in the 1950s, a remarkable era defined in dark shadings. Pornography. Police corruption. Gangland intrigue. A horrific mass murder that invades the lives of victims and victimizers on both sides of the law three cops treading quicksand in the middle. Ed Exley wants glory. Haunted by his father s success as a policeman, he will pay any price, break any law to eclipse him. Bud White watched his own father murder his mother he is now bent on random vengeance, a time bomb with a badge. Trashcan Jack Vincennes shakes down movie stars for a scandal magazine. An old secret possesses him he ll do anything to keep it buried. Three cops in a spiral, a nightmare that tests loyalty and courage, a nightmare that offers no mercy, allows for no survivors. Greed. Perversion. Ruthless ambition. L.A. Confidential is incendiary, a novel as broad and explosive as its themes. Here is James Ellroy s masterpiece, his stunning gifts stretched to the limit, darkness to haunt you in shades of red, gray, and black.