Brown's Requiem, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Los Angeles - Fritz Brown, ex-alcoholic private eye with a stained past, makes do with car repossessions and classical music.

Then he is offered a case by Freddy 'Fat Dog' Baker, an eccentric golf caddy whose sister has made off with a much older man.

This is the beginning of the nightmare: the underworld of golf caddies arson and incest played against the backdrop of an LA surreal by night and bad by day; of long hidden secrets that will drive Brown back to the bottle and to the gun: all conspire to make this one of the most hypnotic crime novels ever written.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780099649014



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My first taste of Ellroy, if I remember correctly. Shades of 'Chinatown' to the story, a hard-boiled detective and all that, but there are some fine incidental characters, such as the best friend drinking himself to death. I was pretty moved by the work, more so than I thought I was going to be.

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This book took me longer as I thought. Partly because I somehow lost interest in the middle (because I confused the characters…) partly because I started reading the daily papers more carefully (aprox 3h reading a day). That’s that. But as soon as I had reached the last third of the book I was hooked again. Brown’s irritating case really got a good drive to the end and I really enjoyed following him to strange places in L.A. and Mexico often linked to golf and dodgy caddies.After reading my first noir (and road trip) novel The Cold Kiss by John Rector few weeks ago, I really feared that Ellroy would be somehow equally boring as Rector. But my fear was unfounded because Ellroy’s writing is extremley beautiful and colorful. He got this special ability to draw real pictures in one’s head while reading. And because of this talent of fictional drawing and a complex and surprising plot I will joyfully continue reading the following novels by this highly entertaining noir thriller writer.

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