Blood on the Moon by James Ellroy
In the first Lloyd Hopkins novel, an L.A. homicide detective chases a cunning serial killer
Lloyd Hopkins was not yet a cop when the Watts riots ripped Los Angeles apart. A member of the California National Guard, he had dreams of trading in his khaki uniform for blue-of serving and protecting instead of learning to kill. Called in to patrol the streets of South Central Los Angeles during the riots, he discovered that safeguarding his city often meant shedding blood.
Seventeen years later, Hopkins wears plainclothes. He has everything he had dreamed of as a young soldier: a wife, a family, and a detective's commission. But the city's finest homicide detective is about to be tested. Twenty women are dead, and to find their killer this good cop must learn to think like the madman.
“Nobody in this generation matches the breadth and depth of James Ellroy’s way with noir.” - Detroit News
“Ellroy is either our greatest obsessive writer or our most obsessive great writer. Either way, he is turning the crime novel’s mean streets into superhighways.” - Financial Times
“A brilliant detective and a mysterious psychopath come together in a final dance of death.” - New York Times
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