This Storm

This Storm

From "one of the great American writers of our time" (Los Angeles Times Book Review)--a brilliant historical crime novel, a pulse-pounding, as-it-happens narrative that unfolds in Los Angeles and Mexico in the wake in Pearl Harbor. New Year's Eve 1941, war has been declared and the Japanese internment is in full swing. Los Angeles is gripped by war fever and racial hatred. From "one of the great American writers of our time" (Los Angeles Times Book Review)--a brilliant historical crime nov...

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Title:This Storm
Author:James Ellroy
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:This Storm
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:591 pages pages

This Storm Reviews

  • John Devlin
    Jun 29, 2019
    I?ve loved much of what Ellroy wrote in his early days, and was dismayed at his over the top 60?s big picture paranoia. The second forties book is a mixed bag, but what tips it into parody is that he?s stopped writing about real people some time ago. The characters and thei...
  • OutlawPoet
    Apr 22, 2019
    While I liked the patter and the sharp dialogue, there are so very many characters strewn throughout that it was hard to care about any of them. The author rapidly changes from scene to scene and character to character, challenging the reader to get to know any of them. I was okay w...
  • Tom
    Jul 06, 2019
    As Sid Hudgens would say: It's Big. It's Boisterous. Everyone seems to be Brawling and Boffing. Here's the tale of the Brains and Brawn of the LAPD going Mano y Mano against Hitler's Henchmen. Stalin's Strongmen. Hirohito's Hard Cases. It's hard to separate ideology from idolatry. Boo...
  • Harold
    Aug 19, 2019
    Ellroy is Great. I spent the first half of this book not knowing what was going on but kept interested by the sheer artwork of Ellroy's writing. It's an amalgam of Hipster, Cop and Criminal jargon that Ellroy exploits, often throwing in dazzling displays of alliteration that often brin...
  • Jake
    Jun 20, 2019
    I met James Ellroy when purchasing this book at a book signing. I was nervous, having heard plenty of stories about his uncouth behavior in public. But he was actually quite nice and gracious with his time. It seems to me that once he rides out his initial wave of anxiety and gets comf...
  • Debbie
    Jul 08, 2019
    At one point in this novel one character says to another, "I never have to strain myself to grasp your intent." Well, I have to say I rarely grasped the intent. I felt as though I were skittering across the top of a complex story with multiple story lines and with numerous characters. ...
  • Lou
    Jun 06, 2019
    Bad verbs, bad nouns, bad men, and the corrupted, the crimes, juxtaposition amongst prose style delivered in the one and only Ellroy way of telling Declarative sentences there will be plenty telling not showing, breaking rules Ellroy style, telling in ways original, and taking you by...
  • David
    Aug 06, 2019
    Our best living noir stylist strikes again with a dark, nasty, racist, cynical portrait of America (LA and Baja) during the early days of WWII. Ellroy's prose is less jazzy now - it's pure staccato swing. It's still burdened with summarizing the convoluted plot; showing is mostly for v...
  • Boris Feldman
    Jun 06, 2019
    There's a swastika on the cover, and it goes downhill from there. ...
  • Karin Carlson
    Jun 15, 2019
    This should have been/could have been brilliant but sadly I think Ellroys L. A. Confidential days are far behind him. Somewhere in this mess of words (oh so many words) there may be a really good story but this authors ego took over and all I could read/see/hear was ?look at me look ...
  • Chad
    Jun 24, 2019
    I certainly enjoyed this more than Perfidia. Ellroy's new "devolved" style is not really a mystery to be solved but rather a mania to be caught. I still prefer the older books, I guess I always will. There's something about the epic national scale of the Underworld Trilogy that I wish ...
  • Jason
    Jun 10, 2019
    I first came to dig James Ellroy as a youngster in the early-to-mid nineties, hipped first to the unaccountably rarely discussed KILLER ON THE ROAD, which was recommended to me by my friend?s father; he happened to be a neuropsychiatrist and he told me it was the finest psycho killer...
  • Chris Mansell
    Jun 11, 2019
    "Human love will not sustain us in this time of horror." If This Storm, Ellroy's follow up to the magnificent Perfidia, has any kind of thesis statement, that's it. Where Perfidia was a sweeping romantic epic set against the backdrop of Pearl Harbour and a savage series of murders, ...
  • Sherry Guice
    Aug 20, 2019
    Those who know me as a reader, know that I love dark fiction...but, this book was just too dark for me. After around 100 pages, I really did not like or empathize with the characters--addicts, corrupt policemen, corrupt politicians, prostitutes. I am sure that is Ellroy's point. The se...
  • Walter Loewenstern
    Jul 17, 2019
    Hard to follow I quit reading this book after about 30 pages. The short choppy writing style just drove me crazy. I must be one of the few people in the country who doesn?t like this book. ...
  • Ken
    Jul 17, 2019
    Quit after 4 chapters. The old-fashioned slang was so hard to follow that I didn't know what was going on. Incredibly bad. ...
  • Daniel Sevitt
    Jul 21, 2019
    Astonishing. I?ve been reading Ellroy for almost 25 years. I?ve read every book he?s published. After years to drifting into self-parody this finds him absolutely at the top of his game. In Ellroy?s world people don?t ?talk?, they ?dish?. Detectives don?t ?watch?...
  • Todd Glaeser
    Jul 05, 2019
    I liked the ending. I can?t deny, however, that I usually burn through Ellroy novels and this one was a slog. ...
  • Paul
    Jul 16, 2019
    4.5* 'This Storm' is the second installment of the Second L.A. Quartet, following 'Perfidia (1941-1942). To paraphrase James Ellroy, it is long, long, looooooong, at 600+ pages. It's pointless reading 'This Storm' or for that matter 'Perfidia' unless you have read the First L.A. ...
  • Ronald Koltnow
    Mar 21, 2019
    To be published by Alfred A. Knopf on 4 June 2019 When PERFIDIA, the first volume of James Ellroy's second L.A. Quartet, came out, I said: "Volume Two promises to be more profane; I can't wait." I was right. A friend did not like PERFIDIA; he said it read like someone doing a parody o...
  • Ed Stock
    Jun 25, 2019
    I made it through 100 pages before finally tossing the book aside. There's no chance I'll finish it. After Perfidia I promised myself I'd give Ellroy one more chance. This was that one chance. All style, no substance. Back when he put out his LA quartet I found his writing unique and ...
  • William
    May 31, 2019
    . I met with both the extraordinary Joseph Knox and the legendary James Ellroy last Tuesday 28 May 2019 up in Manchester at what I now call the "Mount Olympus" Waterstones bookshop. Full size image here . ...
  • John
    Jul 12, 2019
    I have read a lot of James Ellroy?s books and have enjoyed most. But this one I just plowed through to the end and couldn?t wait for it to be over. Then I made the mistake of watching an interview with Ellroy. He is worse in real life than most of his worst characters. Strange to h...
  • Jason Allison
    Jun 25, 2019
    There is no voice that I?ve read as distinct and iconic as Ellroy?s. His LA of days past may or may not have existed. I don?t care. I love being there and find it hard to leave. This was nearly 600 pages and I wished it was twice that. The best novel I?ve read this year, hands ...
  • Susan
    Jun 24, 2019
    I love James Ellroy's gritty stories but not so much they way he tells them. His writing is just too off beat for me ....it shouldn't surprise me that he writes this way as it's the way he talks . I think I may re read this one but do an audio book instead . Perhaps I will appreciate i...
  • David C Ward
    Jun 05, 2019
    Elroy has fallen in love with his style at the expense of narrative and coherence, to say nothing of economy. That style combines overly mannered fastidiousness and arcane usages with manic bebop hipster wooo-wooo. This one connects an old gold robbery with war frenzy even as Nazis and...
  • Andres Kabel
    Jul 04, 2019
    Once upon a time I was a rabid fan of the Demon Dog but the last few years have tested me, and now This Storm proved to be an occasionally intriguing kaleidoscopic look at LA in 1942 that quickly became a chore. Overly complex plot involving evil characters of little interest, told in ...
  • Tom Walsh
    Jul 03, 2019
    I love Ellroy?s work. His paragraphs of five word Haikus are pure poetry and he can spin up a world of 1940?s Hollywood Cops, Crooked Pols and their Molls is unmatched. This story may not have been his strongest but it was good to hear his voice again. ...
  • Bookreporter.com Historical Fiction
    Jun 17, 2019
    THIS STORM is like a drug. It is impossible to stop reading it once you start. Grains and particles (and chunks) of it linger in corners and crevices of your consciousness and memory, whether you are awake or asleep, as soon as you finish it. It cannot be accurately stated that you hav...
  • 3 no 7
    Jun 15, 2019
    ?This Storm? by James Elroy is classic noir fiction that transports readers into the turbulent world of World War II Los Angeles, a city gripped by war, pessimism, resignation, and moral ambiguity. The sentence structure matches the mood with short sentences, .quick descriptions, a...