Because the Night (Lloyd Hopkins, Book 2) by James Ellroy

By James Ellroy

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[b]While scouring the streets for a lacking cop, an L.A. detective uncovers a terrifying crime
There was once by no means a greater cop than Jungle Jack Herzog. A wiry guy whose power surpassed his body, his skill to navigate the darkest corners of town of Angels drew him repeated citations for bravery. Nicknamed the Alchemist for his uncanny skill to faux new identities, he did his top paintings as an secret agent within the vice squad, disappearing into the underworld within the identify of justice. Now he has disappeared for good. It’s a nasty signal that Lloyd Hopkins catches Jungle Jack’s case, simply because Hopkins works murder. As he makes an attempt to find what occurred to the lacking cop, he investigates an odd homicide dedicated with a revolver that predates the Civil warfare. there's a scary mystery in the back of the cop’s disappearance, yet Lloyd Hopkins doesn't worry the reality.

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For instance, he often took her to sit on his knee. This, which would have been inappropriate for Heather who was nearly as tall as he and with a womanly shape, seemed simply charming towards slight, dainty Ismay, though she was the elder. He kissed her goodbye when he went to work in the morning and kissed her in greeting when he came home. He called her his sweetheart and his angel. ‘You can’t like it when he does that,’ Heather said, referring to the kisses. ‘I don’t mind,’ said Ismay. One day he told her something he said was a secret.

No one spoke then, neither in the reality nor in the dreams, neither of them said a word until their mother fell on her knees and began crying and laughing and babbling nonsense. When she came home the house was a different place. She had known, of course, that it would be two self-contained flats, the upper one for her mother and Pamela, the lower one for her and Heather, two pairs of sisters, two generations represented. In her last term at university, four hundred miles away in Scotland, what she hadn’t understood was that part of the house would disappear.

In Andrew’s presence she hardly spoke and Ismay knew why. She was silent with the people she disliked but there was more to it than that. Andrew looked like Guy. He belonged to the same type. He might have been Guy’s younger brother. Was that why she loved him and Heather didn’t love him? The night she understood that, Ismay had the dream again but it was Andrew’s face she saw under the clear, pale-green water. CHAPTER 2 Marion was there when Edmund came home from work. That was the second time this week.

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