Los Angeles, 1958. Killings, beatings, bribes, shakedowns—its standard procedure for Lieutenant Dave Klein, LAPD. Hes a slumlord, a bagman, an enforcer—a power in his own small corner of hell. Then the Feds announce a full-out investigation into local police corruption, and everything goes haywire.
Kleins been hung out as bait, a bad cop to draw the heat, and the heats coming from all sides: from local politicians, from LAPD brass, from racketeers and drug kingpins—all of them hell-bent on keeping their own secrets hidden. For Klein, forty-two and going on dead, its dues time.
Klein tells his own story—his voice clipped, sharp, often as brutal as the events hes describing—taking us with him on a journey through a world shaped by monstrous ambition, avarice, and perversion. Its a world he created, but now hell do anything to get out of it alive.
Fierce, riveting, and honed to a razor edge, White Jazz is crime fiction at its most shattering.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
The toughest and most successful period crime novel yet by the bestselling author of L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia. As commanding officer in the LAPDs Administrative Vice Division, David Klein thought he had seen it all. But this is 1958, and murder, bribery, scams, beatings and shakedowns are a way of life.