In James Ellroy & rsquo;s first novel, a PI investigates a deadly conspiracy at one of Los Angeles & rsquo;s most exclusive country clubs It would be a stretch to call Fritz Brown a detective. A PI in name only, he washed out of the police force at twenty-five, and makes a cash living doing under-the-table repo work for a sleazy used-car dealer. It & rsquo;s an ugly job, but Fritz is not one to say no to easy money. That doesn & rsquo;t mean he won & rsquo;t take a case now and then. A caddy visits his office, asking Fritz to dig up dirt on the golf-nut who & rsquo;s dating his sister. Convinced by the caddy & rsquo;s suspiciously fat wad of bills, Fritz agrees to investigate, hoping for a chance to meet the girl. Instead he finds himself embroiled in a tangled world of country club intrigue, where wealth can buy innocence and murder is not half as rare as a hole-in-one.