Buzz Meeks is one of my favourite characters. Hated how he was used in the film of LAC.
Shameful. I also thought Trashcan/Hollywood Jack got short shrift. But other than those two cases, I prefer the film in almost every way. That book is, by far, my least favorite of the set.
The horseback takedown of a train that Jack goes down in, is a bizarre, refreshing heroic piece of writing surrounded by all the dark alley stuff. I'd order them;
White Heat (really disconcerting narrative style Ellroy starts the book with, takes a while to settle into, but works wonderfully)
Which would you recommend? I just started Rumpole of the Bailey , so will have to wait a little while.
I wonder what noff thinks of "The Stars MD", I know he read it a while back. That quote like a lot of these, doesn't show a high literary level (not many long words), but they all knock me out for the vitality. If you took a hundred quotes from "The Stars" they would probably look like they belong to a hundred different books. I'm a lot more reticent about recommending books because they are such an investment in time. Hope you enjoy Rumpole.