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In La-la Land We Trust (1986)
Robert Campbell's Whistler series is a sort of combination of Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy--PI tales that are darker than noir.
When a bodiless head is found in New Orleans and a headless body turns up in LA, Whistler gets drawn into a case involving kiddie porn, snuff films and the seamy underbelly of both LA and the Big Easy. Campbell, like Elmore Leonard, is especially strong on dialogue and he introduces many memorable characters. A very good entry in the Post-Modern private eye genre.
N.B.--These books are not recommended for the squeamish.
See also:Private Eyes
-Memoriam to Robert Campbell
-Robert Campbell (Stop You're Killing Me)
-Robert Wright Campbell : Novels
-Whistler (Thrilling Detective)
-REVIEW : of In La-la Land We Trust (Newgate Callendar , NY Times Book Review)
-REVIEW : of ALICE IN LA-LA LAND. By Robert Campbell (John Gross , NY Times)