In the third and final Lloyd Hopkins novel, our hero senses the LA police department (especially his departmental enemy, Captain Fred Gaffaney, head of Internal Affairs) is pushing him toward early retirement for his reckless ways. Duane Rice, newly freed from prison from a grand theft auto sentence, has both overheard and concocted a plan to blackmail a couple of bankers by holding their mistresses for ransom, and hires the brothers Bobby and Joe Garcia to help him. Hopkins gets lent to the FBI to help crack the bank robbery/kidnappings, which inevitably leads him to a mortal confrontation with Gaffaney. Another gripping early novel by Ellroy whose ending is perhaps a little too pat to avoid straining credulity.
This report prepared by David Loftus