Saturday, February 13, 2010

'Cause There Was No One Around

Snow day! Things warmed up a bit later on, but wandering the streets at 7 a.m. was pretty cool. Deserted and pretty. (and slippery.)

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#5 -- "Blood's A Rover" by James Ellroy

Ellroy goes long enough between books that I kinda forget about him and write him off, and then when he emerges with something like this I wish that a) I had time to go back and read all his books again in order, and b) that there were more of them.

This concludes the "Underworld U.S.A." trilogy, a good eight years after the last book, and ... well. It's fantastic. The themes and characterizations will be familiar to anyone who's read his past books, but it doesn't seem repetitive at all -- it moves fast, it hits hard.

And yet -- there are notes of hope and redemption that aren't really found in his other books. I don't think I'd ever describe Ellroy as "touching" but this is as close as it gets. And, if it's not clear, it's excellent. He's at the top of his game.

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