L.A. Confidential (L.A. Quartet, Book 3) by James Ellroy

By James Ellroy

L.A. exclusive is epic "noir", against the law novel of awesome aspect and scope written by way of the bestselling writer of The Black Dahlia. A awful mass homicide invades the lives of sufferers and victimizers on each side of the legislation. and 3 lawmen are stuck in a dangerous spiral, a nightmare that exams loyalty and braveness, and provides no mercy, can provide no survivors.

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Joe Adams’ character sends a political message to the American public in the spirit of the “social problem” films of the late fifties and early sixties. Those who saw the movie in 1962 knew that the Civil Rights Movement was percolating but had not yet boiled over. Military buffs probably knew that the army was integrated in the midst of the Korean War. Few were aware that the AMA excluded Black physicians from AMA membership until 1968. Oddly enough, the positive message about African-American doctors and soldiers is countered by racist stereotyping of the Asian soldiers and psychologists who operate out of the Pavlov Institute.

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What mattered is that psychoanalysis was less painful than shocks — and that analysts showed sympathy for the soldiers’ suffering.

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