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(08/27/2008) Brown's Requiem by James Ellroy. New York. 1981. Avon Books. keywords: Mystery Los Angeles Golf. 256 pages. Cover art by Crane. 0380787415.

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   Fritz Brown's L. A. --and his life--are masses of contradictions, like stirring chorales sung for the dead. A less-than-spotless former cop with a drinking problem--a private eye-cum-repo man with a taste for great music--he has been known to wallow in the grime beneath the Hollywood glitter. But Fritz Brown's life is about to change, thanks to the appearance of a racist psycho who flashes too much cash for a golf caddie and who walked away clean from a multiple murder rap. Reopening this cas could be Fritz's redemption; his welcome back to a moral world and his path to a pure and perfect love. But to get there, he must make it through a grim, lightless place where evil has no national borders; where lies beget lies and death begets death; where there's little tolerance for Bach or Beethoven and deadly arson is a lesser mortal sin; and where a P. I. 's unhealthy interest in the past can turn beautiful music into funeral dirge.

 

 

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