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7 septembre 1995 Roman
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.

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Revue de presse

"Noir with a vengeance" (New York Daily News)

"An undeniably artful frenzy of violence, guilt and unappeased self-loathing. Ellroy's crime fiction represents a high mark in the genre" (New York Newsday)

"Ellroy is a master at juggling plot lines, using a stripped, spare noir style that hits like a cleaver but is honed like a scalpel" (Chicago Tribune)

"Crime, corruption, and obsessive sex...the most acclaimed noir writer of the past twenty years." -- "Mystery News""Hard-bitten...ingenious...Ellroy segues into political intrigue without missing a beat" (New York Times)

Biographie de l'auteur

James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His L.A. Quartet novels - The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential and White Jazz were international bestsellers. His novel American Tabloid was Time magazine's Best Book (fiction) of 1995; his memoir, My Dark Places, was Time magazine's Best Book and New York Times notable book for 1996. He lives in Kansas City.

Détails sur le produit

  • Broché: 256 pages
  • Editeur : Arrow; Édition : New Ed (7 septembre 1995)
  • Collection : Roman
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0099649012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099649014
  • Dimensions du produit: 19,4 x 13 x 2 cm
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Du tout bon, 24 octobre 2002
Fritz Brown, private investigator, fan de musique classique, n'hésitant pas à distribuer coups en tout genre. Le premier Ellroy est excellent. Il se lit rapidement. Une bonne intrigue bien ficelée. On se promène dans l'univers des caddies et du golf, on croise un fou, un fan de violoncelle, un flic véreux,...bref, tous les ingrédients pour un bon hardboiled. Le slang de L.A. ("horse cunt", "horseshitting",....) rajoute la petite touche qui donne tout son cachet au livre. Ellroy est un maître. Dans un registre au moins égal à celui d'Ellroy, je recommande James Crumley.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Ellroy's First Kicks Ass 9 décembre 2000
Par Edward C. Goodman - Publié sur
Getting into Ellroy? Why not start at the beginning? Watch his style develop. I think folks get disappointed when they read this and other earlier works after they read "the hits" like "L.A. Confidential" and "American Tabloid." But hey, had he come out of the gates with "American Tabloid" he'd probably be done by now. Fortunately for us, Ellroy started off slow. "Brown's Requiem" is a much more straightforward hard-boiled novel. But just like his later work, it rocks, it rolls, it leaves you on the side of the road hitchiking back to town. As I read this book, I couldn't help thinking of it as an updated "The Big Sleep." It has that sad, broken, 3 am undertone to it. If you dig that tough, L.A. stuff, you'll dig this. Note: The story does involve caddies and golf (which I know nothing about) but it doesn't matter. The golf element is merely a backdrop. The book is also about murder, arson and Mexican porn and, regardless of what my friends will tell you, I know nothing about these subjects either and still enjoyed the Hell out this book. Put it this way: You won't be reading any excerpts from "Brown's Requiem" in "Chicken Soup for the Golfer's Soul."
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 solid crime novel but not his best 21 novembre 1999
Par Michael Toland - Publié sur
This was Ellroy's first published novel. It's a good, solid crime novel. It's mostly in the tradition of his predecessors like Chandler and Hammett, but some of his future trademarks are there, like the seedy anti-hero who eventually discovers and follows his own moral imperative. It's a bit bumpy in spots, and sometimes the plot falls into place a bit too neatly, but it's a good read. It's not nearly as amazing as the L.A. Quartet or American Tabloid, all brilliant books for which he has become justifiably famous. I read this after reading those (as well as My Dark Places and Crime Wave). Had I read this first, I would have been shocked by his later work. Maybe The Black Dahlia is a better place to start for the Ellroy novice.. This one seems almost quaint in comparison.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great P.I. Fiction 7 février 2001
Par Brian D. Rubendall - Publié sur
I am not a James Ellroy fan. In fact, "Brown's Requiem" is the only novel of his that I have read, because it is the only one of his books I've found that is a straight private detective story. And as an example of the that genre, this books stands among the best. Ellroy's hero, Fritz Brown, is everything a good P.I. should be; world weary, cynical, alcoholic and carrying heavy baggage from his past. He also has plenty of good character eccentricities, like a fascination for classical music. He is also prone to make that classic P.I. mistake, to fall in love with a woman he knows he probably shouldn't fall in love with.
All of this said the book takes some unexpected twists and turns. Brown ends up investigating his own client, his romantic interest turns out to have a VERY complicated past and his case turns out to be far more elaboarate than it first appears. All of this leads to a violent and satisfying climax, like any good P.I. novel should. Fans of P.I. masters such Andrew Vachss, George Pellecanos and yes, Raymond Chandler, out to be right at home with Fritz Brown.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Ellroy's first effort 13 août 2002
Par Chris Boone - Publié sur
After reading Brown's Requiem I found out that this is Ellroy's first published novel. The plot is a lot more simple than some of his subsequent works. There is not much mystery as from the beginning we are given a fairly good indication of who the bad guys are. The mystery here seems to be more with how Private Investigator Fritz Brown handles the situation he is presented with. Brown is a private investigator in name only as the beginning of the novel finds him working almost exclusively as a repo man for a car dealer who we later find out still thinks that brown has some dirt on him. Brown is a former Los Angeles Police officer who struggles with a drinking problem. He admittedly was a horrible police officer and was forced to resign after the severe beating of a pervert who he was told not to touch as the guy was a snitch and valuable to the police. The entrance of 'Fat Dog' Baker into the mix draws Brown into the seedy underworld of the Loss Angeles golf caddy community. Brown is hired by Fat Dog to investigate the older man with whom his sister is living. As Brown is running all over Southern California, Tijuana Mexico and San Francisco California, he encounters various low life characters, caddies, police officers, relatives of murder victims, would be assasins, beach camping hippies, and various characters with organized crime connections. Brown uncovers evidence of various crimes including arsons, murders, bookmaking operations, and welfare scams. The result is an interesting, and rather straight forward, hard boiled detective story set in early 80's southern california colored by the main characters love of classical music...Hence the title Browns Requiem.
This novel will not be remembered as James Ellroy's best work, but it is a strong first effort and deserves to be read by those who enjoy this genre of fiction.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 OPUS ONE 9 juillet 2001
Par Daniel S. - Publié sur
Published in 1981, this novel marked the beginning of the literary career of James Ellroy. A certain number of themes one will find in later novels are already present in BROWN'S REQUIEM : the "Black Dahlia" mystery, corruption in the L.A.P.D., a fascinating serial killer or the main character searching for redemption.
I liked a lot the unusual descriptions of the world of the golf's caddies or the immoderate love of Fritz Brown for classical music. For a first novel, it's clearly a winner and I recommend it to those of you who want to discover the venomous world of James Ellroy.
A book for Tiger.
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