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(08/30/2008) Blood On The Moon by James Ellroy. New York. 1984. Mysterious Press. keywords: Mystery Los Angeles. 263 pages. Jacket painting by Gamache. 0892960698.

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   Detective Sergeant Lloyd Hopkins loves his work, his family, women, and innocence. Preternaturally brilliant and with an extraordinary instinct for police work, Hopkins moves through the Los Angeles night world saving souls, while faced with the constant threat of losing his own. Someone else is stalking the city now - someone who can match Hopkins point for point in brilliance. But Teddy Verplanck has turned his mind to evil: he protects the innocent by murdering them. So successful has he been that in twenty years not one of his victims has been connected to another. Most are deemed suicides. Drawn inexorably together, Hopkins and Verplanck challenge each other in a confrontation which pits icy intelligence against white-heated madness and lays bare the souls of two men driven in opposite directions by the same need. Searing and shocking, as evocative of Los Angeles police work as the stories of Joseph Wambaugh and as compelling as the novels of Lawrence Sanders, Blood on the Moon is a frightening and exciting foray into the world of men driven by forces so strong they take over every life they touch.

 

 

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