Clay is a successful screenwriter, middle-aged and disaffected; he's in LA to cast his new movie.
However, this trip is anything other than professional, and he's soon drifting through a louche and long-familiar circle - a world largely populated by the band of infamous teenagers first introduced in Less Than Zero.
But his debauched reverie is about to be interrupted by a violent plot for revenge and Clay's seemingly endless proclivity for betrayal and exploitation looks set to land him somewhere darker and more ominous than ever before. 'A murder mystery - a woozy, paranoid, hallucinatory version of LA noir' Sunday Times 'Brilliantly written and coolly self-aware ...Here, as in Less Than Zero, Ellis is plumbing the depths of human nature, exposing it at its worst.' Observer 'The novel is a kind of modern noir and, as in Chandler, the form's accepted master, atmosphere is king.
Paranoia prevails' Independent on Sunday
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 01/04/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780330452618
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Review by polarbear123
This book takes you to some very dark places and does not tell you how to get back at all. You don't have to have read Less Than Zero at all and the violence is not gratuitous in any way. The writing here forces the reader to examine his or her own soul in a way that I found uncomfortable. You can see parts of yourself in these characters and if you really can't connect with this novel then you probably haven't lived life that much yet. A truly disturbing piece of writing, Ellis still has a way of touching me that no other author has quite managed in the same uncomfortable way. Superb!