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1953-1983: 30 years of American society, from the hope of Eisenhower's presidency, to the kinky flower generation, through the death of the dream, Charles Manson, the beginning of the twisted nightmare and the moral backlash of the 80s. One Man's crimes span these years and the length and breadth of America. Martin Michael Plunkett - of genius level intelligence, articulat1953-1983: 30 years of American society, from the hope of Eisenhower's presidency, to the kinky flower generation, through the death of the dream, Charles Manson, the beginning of the twisted nightmare and the moral backlash of the 80s. One Man's crimes span these years and the length and breadth of America. Martin Michael Plunkett - of genius level intelligence, articulate, ruthless, yet deranged sex killer. And beneath his calm veneer, rage voices implanted in his mind in one of the defing and deeply buried moment of his life, a moment so shocking that it takes him thirty years to bring it back into his consciousness. Sentenced to life in Sing Sing prison, Plunkett begins his autobio-graphical memoir, an account of more than fifty killing that made him America's most wanted serial killer and its greatest enigma. His account will drive even those who brought him to justice to despair....

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Silent Terror Reviews

  • Hugh McBride
    2019-04-14 18:39

    Surprised to be giving an Ellroy novel anything less than four stars, but this one just didn't do it for me. An early work that is written primarily as a first-person recounting of a serial killer's cross-country reign of terror, "Killer on the Road" shows flashes of Ellroy's later greatness, but suffers from a plot that substitutes gore for suspense. The events portrayed in this novel are harrowing -- and the narrator's lack of remorse is chilling -- but the novel fails to bridge the disconnect that exists between the narrator's thoughts & deeds. In the end, the reader is left feeling similarly disconnected -- not in an "inside the killer's head" way, but in an "I just don't much care about the people in this novel" way.

  • Dimitrios Mamaloukas
    2019-04-02 19:04

    Αυτό δεν είναι λογοτεχνία, είναι δημοσιογραφία παλπ εντύπου. Ο χ σκότωσε τους Α και Β τότε χρησιμοποιώντας το τάδε όπλο. Λίγες σκέψεις του ήρωα (σπατάλη της πρωτοπρόσωπης αφήγησης) είναι απελπιστικά λίγες ώστε να σώσουν το βιβλίο, το ίδιο κι ένα μίνι ημερολόγιο ενός αστυνομικού. Όταν ο Τζιμ Τόμσον έχει γράψει το "ο δολοφόνος μέσα μου" τι του ήρθε του Ελρόι να στείλει αυτό το κείμενο στο τυπογραφείο; αναρωτιέμαι. Ευτυχώς 6 ευρώ κ κάτι.

  • Romain
    2019-04-23 23:03

    James Ellroy se met dans la peau d'un tueur en série et nous raconte son histoire. Ce livre est le récit réalisé par un tueur de son épopée sanglante. La narration est donc à la première personne. Elle est ponctuée par des extraits de journaux, de rapports de police et du journal d'un enquêteur. Pour un livre de James Ellroy, il est très accessible car il y a peu de personnages — il croisera tout de même la route d'une célébrité plutôt flippante elle aussi: Charles Manson — , ou en tout cas ils ne sont pas présents très longtemps … Le tueur est un personnage complexe à la fois très intelligent et extrêmement violent. Il est imprévisible et souffre, en plus d'une enfance très difficile, de graves troubles psychologiques (schizophrénie).Le travail d'Ellroy est fascinant, on a du mal à comprendre comment il a réussi le tour de force de se mettre, de manière aussi crédible, dans la tête d'un tueur en série. Le résultat est bluffant et glaçant. L'article Wikipédia consacré à l'auteur révèle que ce roman est utilisé comme référence dans les écoles de formation de policiers, c'est dire s'il est crédible. Difficile de laisser tomber le livre, pas par empathie pour le tueur, mais parce que l'on a tout simplement envie de connaître la suite. James Ellroy fait également très bien son boulot car les éléments externes à la confession (articles et autres documents) viennent entretenir le suspense en anticipant ou en revenant sur certains passages de la terrible équipée. Ces éléments contribuent largement à l'attrait assez malsain qu'exerce le livre. N'étant pas spécialiste du sujet, je ne peux pas dire si le résultat est réaliste, mais en tout cas ce récit m'a bien plus impressionné que certains — et trop nombreux — films ou livres exploitant le filon des tueurs en série. Le seul qui, à mon avis et à ma connaissance, puisse tenir la comparaison est le American Psycho de Bret Easton Ellis. Les deux ouvrages sont aussi crus (aucun détail n'est épargné au lecteur) et dérangeants. En conclusion, un livre passionnant à ne cependant pas mettre entre toutes les mains. http://www.aubonroman.com/2013/05/un-...

  • Tim Niland
    2019-04-06 15:43

    This is an early work of James Ellroy's, before he found his mature voice, but interesting nonetheless. Serial killer Martin Plunkett sits in jail, convicted for four murders, but suspected of a great deal more. He accepts the offer of a New York publishing house to write a tell-all memoir of his life as a killer. The book consists of a first person account of Plunkett's murder spree, intercut with newspaper and tabloid accounts of the murders, a device that Elroy has often used in his books. Plunkett grows up in a broken home with an absentee father and mentally ill mother, he struggles to fit in as his psychopathic traits of non-empathy lead him more and more into mental instability where the comic book character Shroud Shifter plots his every move. He spends a year in jail as the result of fascination with the Manson family which leads him to commit a burglary. After prison he lurches into full paranoia, seeing and hearing messages everywhere, before stumbling to an apartment one night and murdering the couple that invited him. This sparks a cross-country murder spree that would follow a pattern, Plunkett would take a low paying job and a skid row apartment in each town to scope out possible victims. The voices and thoughts would eventually lead him to commit another murder and then pick up stakes and move to the next town. His is arrested in rural Wisconsin by a state trooper who seems to know him all too well. It turns out that he is a serial killer as well, and he likes Martin's "style." This meeting and subsequent homosexual liaison lead Martin to the breaking point. His chance meeting with the trooper in the posh area of Hudson Valley leads to a gruesome spasm of violence and his eventual capture. Ellroy takes the idea of "the banality of evil" and applies it to the serial killer context. There is nothing exciting about Martin's life: he goes to work, reads magazines to try to learn emotions and pain, hears voices and kills people. What is really scary about this book is the fact that Martin is able to pass undetected for many years before finally "allowing" himself to be caught in the end. This was a well written and disturbing book that sowed the seeds of Ellroy's great later books.

  • Ed [Redacted]
    2019-04-06 16:46

    This is my second time through this book and I think I agree with my earlier four star rating, though in retrospect it may have dropped a half of a star or so (I'm sure Mr. Ellroy will lose a lot of sleep over this). This is the best of Ellroy's early books that I have read. Though serial killer fiction is well past overdone now, it was pretty cutting edge when Killer on the Road was written. It is a chilling book that captures your attention and fixes it on something, and someone, very ugly.This is a fairly graphic book, though nothing like the brutal violence of The Big Nowhere (in the eyesockets? Is that even possible?) For those who demand books that don't involve dog murder, there is a fairly graphic example early on in this one. (You were warned Melki)

  • James
    2019-03-29 19:06

    Transitional piece by Ellroy as he moves from the early promise of "Clandestine" through the Lloyd Hopkins trilogy to the beginning of the great L.A. Quartet - "The Black Dahlia". Also known as "Silent Terror", this portrait of a serial killer is curiously flat and detached, with excessive violence but no real suspense or, and this is worse, style. I read it to be an Ellroy completist, and have no real wish to revisit it.

  • Céline Online
    2019-04-09 21:50

    Être dans la tête du tueur est vraiment une expérience dérangeante. On veut vite fini ce livre d'une pour connaître la fin de l'intrigue mais surtout, deux, pour vite quitter cette sombre personnalité.

  • Matt
    2019-04-14 17:01

    Wickedly evil, yet strangely compelling - Ellroy proves he can even keep you reading when the main character is a serial killer. I suppose you could compare it to "American Psycho", but it stands on it's own as a chilling diary of a mass-murderer.

  • Heather
    2019-04-23 20:03

    What's so creepy about this book is that, by having the serial killer as the narrator, it asks you to empathize with/root for a sociopath. I can't hear the words "head movies" without visible cringing.

  • John
    2019-04-18 16:41

    Think, Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer meets Forrest Gump. We take in the 60's through the early 80's through a psycho's perspective. There is some other stuff about obsession and killing--typical of Ellroy. The psychology stuff is neat.

  • Martino
    2019-04-26 20:42

    Martin Michael es un asesino serial que es detenido por la policía luego de haber matado a 2 parejas. Este hombre decide que confesará sus crímenes escribiendo una novela autobiográfica y es aquí donde se nos presenta desde la infancia a la actualidad nuestro personaje.Me cuesta encontrar cosas malas en la novela, ya que desde principio a fin no dejaba la lectura (desvelado leyendo) además de las perfectas descripciones psicológicas de nuestro asesino nombrando desde su génesis hasta el primer asesinato abordando inteligentemente el psiquis humano. El desarrollo del personaje esta perfectamente escrito sobre todo cuando conoce a su amante criminal que volteara su mentalidad y rumbo en la vida.Como aficionado en los temas criminalisticos puedo declarar que me encantaba y me producía morbo todos los detalles de sus víctimas y el final con un toque del Romanticismo me conmovió pero a la vez me repugnaron.---SPOILER ALERT---- Me marcó una escena especifica cuando despues de haber tenido relaciones con Ross nos cuenta una parte de su niñez donde contempla el coito de su padre y el abuso sufrido aquellos años (Parte escencial de la obra para poder entender su personalidad). O también en el final donde el detective de la obra nos cuenta la homosexualidad no aceptada por Ross.CONCLUSION: El libro me fascinó y logré captar que estos hombres jamás perdieron, lo contrario, los que sufrieron fueron las personas que los rodeaban y vivieron Libre Albedrío burlando a las autoridades de seguir sus pasiones con sed de sangre.

  • Κέλλυ Θεοδωρακοπούλου
    2019-04-22 20:02

    Πολύ καλό αστυνομικό, το πρώτο που διαβάζω από έναν συγγραφέα που προφανώς ξέρει καλά το είδος και έχει κάνει γερή έρευνα ως προς τα πραγματολογικά της ιστορίας αυτής. Με μετέφερε στις καταστάσεις και στα γεγονότα που περιγράφει και με έκανε να αγχωθώ σχεδόν για το πώς θα τον πιάσουν, τελικά, αυτόν. Την παντελή απουσία γυναικών σε ρόλους άλλους εκτός από των κομπάρσων/θυμάτων την αποδίδω στην ηλικία τόσο του συγγραφέα (γεν. 1948) όσο και του βιβλίου (πρωτοδημοσιεύτηκε το 1986). Το μειονέκτημα που βρήκα είναι ότι ο συγγραφέας προσπαθεί σε μερικά σημεία να συνδέσει αυτή την ιστορία με διάφορες υπαρξιακές ανησυχίες περί φύσης του κακού και των μορφών με τις οποίες εμφανίζεται, αλλά δε με πείθει καθόλου ότι θα μπορούσε να έχει τέτοιο βάθος αυτή η υπόθεση. Ο Μάρτιν Πλάνκετ είναι απλά διεστραμμένος, δε συμβολίζει τίποτα αυτό ούτε φαίνεται να προέρχεται από κάποια παθολογία της εποχής και/ή της κοινωνίας. Θα προτιμούσα να λείπουν αυτά, μού φαίνονται σαν μια αποτυχημένη προσπάθεια του συγγραφέα να πλασάρει το βιβλίο σαν κάτι πιο σημαντικό από αυτό που ειναι: ένα πολύ καλοφτιαγμένο αστυνομικό. Θα διαβάσω και άλλα του ίδιου.

  • Cathi
    2019-04-02 18:09

    Robert Ressler gave a name to a phenomena known the world over, one that has been and will continue to be dissected likely until the last human being breathes their last. Serial Killer cannot be mentioned without bold typeface headlines swimming across the memories of most, names of what some consider pure evil forever emblazoned on the psyche of those outside their world. James Ellroy dives into just such a world with his fictitious account of Martin Plunkett, a fractured man who, through sheer will, molds himself into exactly what he wants to be: terror. Filled with grit and literary viscera, the tale of a boy turned unexplained force of nature unfolds. Ellroy doesn't linger on grizzly physical details, but flays open the mind of his character for the reader to consume. Even when the center of Plunkett's world threatens to not hold, the reader is left with a sense that he will make good on his promise: "In some dark form, I will continue." Recommended for crime novel, mystery, and noir enthusiasts.

  • Laureline
    2019-04-18 18:45

    Ma première rencontre avec la collection noire de Rivages. Ça faisait longtemps que je n'avais pas lu de noir à proprement parler, une mauvaise expérience m'avait dégoûtée du genre. Je craignais un peu d'éprouver plus de dégoût que de plaisir à la lecture, mais non ! Malgré le personnage principal très sombre (un tueur en série), les morts, même violentes, sont décrites d'une manière efficace qui n'en fait pas des tonnes. Une rencontre, un coup de hache dans la carotide, et hop! notre héros reprend la route. Ce criminel que rien n'excuse parvient au fil des pages à devenir attachant : on admet pleinement qu'il est un psychopathe, mais quand même, on espère que son crush sera réciproque. Le livre, construit en différentes parties, est un mélange de coupures de journaux, témoignages d'enquête, et du récit du tueur lui-même, depuis sa cellule - pas de spoilers, c'est l'incipit. Un bon livre pour se réconcilier avec le genre, en somme, j'espère que les suivants seront aussi prenants.

  • Jim
    2019-04-16 18:08

    One of Ellroy's earlier works, it is interesting to see seeds of how he will construct his later, and much loved, stories. This one does not yet adopt much of the short staccato-like sentences, but does include snippets from fake newspapers and reports, and also shows his love for linking his stories to historical events and persons. There is little real mystery or joy here, as it is basically a story of a serial killer in his own words, interesting enough though it may turn off many readers). Some say that earlier portions of the book reflects some of Ellroy's own youthful indiscretions, though certainly not the murder parts, and at least some research into the mind of these types of killers. Scary.

  • Katerina
    2019-04-01 19:55

    Πρώτη φορά που διαβάζω κάτι από αυτόν τον συγγραφέα και δεν μπορώ να πω ότι με κράτησε πολύ. Η αφήγηση είναι καλή και γίνεται σε πρώτο πρόσωπο από τον ίδιο τον δολοφόνο, τουλάχιστον κατά το πλήστον. Παρεμβάλλονται αποκόμματα εφημερίδων καθώς και τμήματα του ημερολογίου του αστυνομικού που τον συλλαμβάνει. Λίγο κουραστική η εναλλαγή και προσωπικά με μπέρδευε, με εξαίρεση τα αποκόμματα του ημερολογίου. Δεν μπόρεσα να νιώσω τον δράστη ακόμα και αρνητικά. Γενικά ενδιαφέρουσα ιδέα και τελειώνει με έντονο τρόπο, αλλά σίγουρα όχι ένα βιβλίο που αξίζει ιδιαίτερα. Κέρδισε το τρίτο αστεράκι μόνο και μόνο για το ανατρεπτικό τέλος.

  • Chris
    2019-04-06 15:58

    My brother gave this book to me for Christmas, and to be honest, I was a little bit hesitant to start reading it. Not because I thought it would be bad. On the contrary, all of my siblings are creative, intelligent and insightful people, and I would trust any of their reading recommendations without a moment's hesitation. I just can't always promise that I'll like what they recommend. The book my brother gave me before that was Narcissus and Goldemund by Hermann Hesse. It wasn't a bad book, really.... it's just that I hated the main character Goldemund with a white hot passion and wished grave misfortune on him for the entire book. In fact, the main thing that kept me reading the book was the hope that he'd eventually fall down a dry well and break his legs, or perhaps get hit in the head by a two-by-four and live the rest of his life as a drooling moron. That the book aroused such great passion in me is a testament to the author's skills, although I don't think that was quite his goal. Let's just say that there were a few unpleasantly familiar themes that made it hard for me to be and objective judge of his actions.Anyway, I figure my brother couldn't have known that, so I don't blame him. This book, however, more than makes up.Killer on the Road is a book about a serial killer. Now I know what you're thinking - the serial killer angle has been done to death (HAR!). There are serial killers in all kinds of airport novels, comic books, movies, and TV shows. It would seem like there’s really no new way that you can do a serial killer, other than to have him use more and more horrifying means to kill people, and that’s all just flash. But trust me, even if you’re feeling a bit worn-out on serial killer fiction, I think you'll want to read this one.The standard portrayal of a serial killer in most modern literature is that of a cipher - we don't know why he does what he does, and we don't really care. The recent TV drama “Dexter” is an interesting exception, of course, although if I were a gambling man, I would suppose that show owes something of its origin to this book.The traditional serial killer is a monster to be hunted down and destroyed. Even when serial killer characters are handled well, they're still just foils against which we can play the police characters. Where the killer is a hyper-intellectual, the cop’s street knowledge and common sense will prevail. The twisted perversity of the murderer helps play up the straight morality of the cop – and society as a whole, by extension. Ultimately, of course, we just enjoy the chase in the sure and certain knowledge that we'll see the Bad Guy in jail by the end of it.In this book, the Bad Guy is in jail from the first page. Already, the author has taken away that carrot, and so we have to readjust our expectations a bit.Martin Plunkett is a serial killer. Over the course of a decade, he murders nearly 70 people across America until he is finally caught in New York. This book is his story, and his explanation of why he did what he did.Ellroy obviously did a whole lot of research for this book, probably both from the law enforcement side of serial killing and the psychological side. There would be no way to write the character of Plunkett as thoroughly, convincingly and - to a point - sympathetically as he did.Make no mistake, Martin Plunkett is a monster. He kills without hesitation or remorse, and he does it to satisfy urges that normal people shouldn't have. But at the same time, he is a human being. For all that his moral scale has been skewed waaaaaay off to the bad side, he still has worries, hopes and dreams. We get to see him grow up from childhood. He meets the circumstances and makes the choices that all eventually lead him to his vocation as serial killer. He didn't just wake up one day and start killing, any more than I woke up one morning and started teaching English. There is a chain there, a somewhat logical series of events that he follows willingly. Once he gets going, the murders become defining moments of his life, rather than simply the horrible acts of a madman. The story isn't about the dead. It's about the killer.In the end, what made Plunkett what he was? That is, after all, what the book is ostensibly trying to figure out, and it’s the question we always ask when we see something on the news that horrifies us. We want there to be a reason for such terrible things, because if there’s a reason for a problem, then the problem can be fixed. If we know that violence arises from factors X, Y, and Z, then all we have to do is correct for those things and it’ll be done. Right?The answer is.... we don't know. Was he a frustrated misanthrope, trying to get revenge on the world? Kind of. Was he an abused child who had no other way of expressing his childhood traumas? Sort of. Was he an avatar of true Evil, spawned by our corrupt and decaying culture? Maybe. It doesn't matter to Plunkett, and therefore it doesn't matter to us. He is what he is, and there's no getting around that.Ellroy could be warning us against trying to find such simple explanations for terrifying things. That in our search for order, there will always be the anomalies that simply cannot be fixed. There will always be people like Plunkett out there, and there’s not a whole lot we can do about it. In that way, he’s defying the expectations of serial killer fiction – the killer will never truly be understood and will never truly be caught. He’s always out there somewhere, even if the Plunketts of the world are in jail. There will always be a killer on the road somewhere…

  • Alton
    2019-04-07 19:06

    Though I have seen some of Jame's Ellroy's books in movie form this is the first of his novels I have read. This novel is probably not what Ellroy is best known for - his narrator is the serial killer Martin Plunkett who tells us of how he becomes the murderer who then proceeds across the US on a road trip littered with bodies. The language is at times campy, especially in it's attempt to capture the period of the 60s and 70s. Those fascinated by the mind and mental makeup of the serial killer may find this enjoyable... I was just glad to reach the end of a bad trip.

  • Greg Jolley
    2019-04-17 18:42

    I agree with Jonathan Kellerman, this is also the scariest book I've ever read. Brilliant and brave writing, as always, from James Ellroy.

  • Eric_W
    2019-04-20 16:43

    All of Ellroy' books I have read relate to corruption, and this one is no exception. It purports to be the memoir, written from his prison cell, of a serial killer called "Sexecutioner" by the media. Martin Plunkett is an extremely bright, insane individual. He completely baffles the school psychologists who try to bring him out of his self imposed shell; he rarely talks to anyone. During class he withdraws into movie screen images-- brain movies, he calls them, superimposing his classmates' and teacher's faces into a collage of bizarre images. He then begins to identify with a comic character bad guy, the "Shroud Shifter." Following his mother's ""— switched her Phenobarbital tablets with some Benzedrine— is placed for some months with a burglary cop who unintentionally supplies him with assorted burglary tricks. During his first burglary, he runs into a guard dog that he kills, and the thrill provides a bizarre sexual release for him that turns a thrill into a compulsion. Despite his preternatural caution, during one escapade where he entered a house to watch two people make love, he is caught and sentenced to a year in prison. Despite his obvious intelligence, and the lie that he has a master' degree in library science — already, by age twentyone? asks the skeptical deputy — he is assigned to the Trash and Freight section as a trusty because he was so obviously fit from his workouts and showed he could do thirty-one chin-ups. This is where is real education begins, listening to the other convicts talk about their exploits and learning from their braggadocio. Released after nine months, he moves to San Francisco, continually tormented by the brain movies, and he gets a job digging out tree stumps for a real estate developer. Then one night everything explodes. Invited in for a beer with an inebriated couple, he freaks when the girl comes out of the bathroom having just died her hair blond, and he kills both of them. Traveling in Wisconsin, Plunkett is nearly caught in the middle of a snowstorm at a roadblock set up to catch a local rapist who had murdered a series of young women in southeastern Wisconsin. That killer is eventually revealed to Plunkett to be a Wisconsin State Police sergeant, who forms a weird bond with Plunkett, and the two embark independently on assorted murder sprees. Plunkett's personal revelations are interspersed with newspaper reports of their homicides and later the diary of the FBI agent assigned to tracking down reports of unsolved murders where the killer may have crossed state lines. This book, despite its ghoulishness, is very hard to put down. I read it at one sitting, hardly able to get up for the bathroom. Ellroy has taken his exploration of evil to a new high (low?).

  • Jeevan Chyle
    2019-04-12 17:52

    Liked it? I don't know. It was somewhere BETWEEN only OK and 'I liked it'. What can I say, hepcats? I think the Demon Dog may have opined somewhere that he wasn't entirely successful writing from the POV of a serial killer, and he was right. Some of it click, click clicks, and some of it clunk clunk clunks. It's dark (natch), he uses a lot of his usual tricks (repetition, repetition, repetition), and the characters are fairly well drawn.The set up is neat, draws you in nicely, and by the time our nare-do-well faces a stint in prison for burglary we (I) am (was) champing at the bit for the killing to begin. But once the killing starts it goes a bit downhill (and uphill - Ellroys nascent talent keeps things from becoming super boring).What went wrong?Well, I'm no expert, but I sense the Demon Dog becoming less interested in the protagonist, almost wanting to veer off into the shoes of investigating FBI agent Dusenbery. That, and the fact that he overuses his newspaper technique, put to such good use in American Tabloid, Perfidia etc.It's good, but looking at his biography, one is left thinking 'the best was yet to come'.This reader, in the style of Lenny Sands and Hush Hush, was left feeling deflated, damned and dementedly desultory in his reading of the last chapters. Meaninglessly meandering through middlingly meandering musings. Okay so the Demon Dog makes Lenny Sands alliterative altercations seem easier than they are!I've read American Tabloid, Black Dahlia, Big Nowhere haven't read the whole L.A. Quartet, and yet - get this, have read Peridia. If you have read the Quartet but haven't read Silent Terror aka Killer on the Road, you will be disappointed I'm sure. If you've not read any Ellroy, and want a twisted view inside the mind of a serial killer, you could do worse. It's a bit like America Psycho, minus the long drawn out wardrobe musings.

  • George K.
    2019-04-15 14:44

    Μόλις δεύτερο βιβλίο αυτού του πολυγραφότατου συγγραφέα που διαβάζω, μετά το συγκλονιστικό Λος Άντζελες Εμπιστευτικό που διάβασα τον Ιούνιο του 2010. Από την μια αυτό είναι καλό γιατί έχω να διαβάσω μπόλικο και ωραίο πράμα, από την άλλη νιώθω ότι τόσο καιρό έχανα κάτι από την αστυνομική λογοτεχνία. Καμία σχέση το Λος Άντζελες Εμπιστευτικό με το βιβλίο που μόλις τελείωσα. Εκείνο ήταν ένα γαμάτο νουάρ της δεκαετίας του '50, αυτό που μόλις διάβασα ήταν η ιστορία ενός ψυχοπαθή σίριαλ Κίλερ, του Μάρτιν Πλάνκετ, που σκότωσε πάνω από εξήντα άτομα, χωρίς ιδιαίτερο μοτίβο και χωρίς συγκεκριμένο όπλο. Πότε έπνιγε τα θύματά του, πότε τα κατακρεουργούσε με τσεκούρι, μαχαίρι, μπαλτά και πότε τα πυροβολούσε με πιστόλι ή καραμπίνα. Και οι φόνοι διεπράχθησαν σε πολλές διαφορετικές πολιτείες και μέσα σε περίπου δέκα χρόνια, κάτι που δυσκόλευε πάρα πολύ την τελική επίλυση των συγκεκριμένων φόνων. Σαν τον Ντέξτερ Μόργκαν και τον Σκοτεινό του Επιβάτη, έτσι και ο Μάρτιν Πλάνκετ έχει τον δικό του εσωτερικό τύπο που του έλεγε τι να κάνει, τον Σκοτεινό Σαΐνη, έναν ήρωα ενός σαδομαζοχιστικού κόμικ της δεκαετίας του '30, αλλά και ένα αυτοκίνητο, το Θανατοκίνητο, με το οποίο μετακινούνταν από πόλη σε πόλη και από πολιτεία σε πολιτεία. Το γιατί έκανε ό,τι έκανε και πως κατέληξε σ'αυτή την κατάσταση, θα το μάθετε διαβάζοντας την αιματηρή και νοσηρότατη ιστορία που δύσκολα θα ξεχάσω για κάμποσο καιρό. Η γραφή του Ελρόι είναι σκληρή, δεν χαρίζει κάστανα, περιγράφει τις καταστάσεις έτσι όπως είναι, χωρίς περικοπές και λογοκρισίες. Η αφήγηση είναι σε πρώτο πρόσωπο, αυτό του Μάρτιν Πλάνκετ, αλλά μερικά κομμάτια της ιστορίας δίνονται μέσω άρθρων εφημερίδων, προσωπικών ημερολογίων αστυνομικών και φυσικά μέσω επίσημων και ανεπίσημων αναφορών της αστυνομίας, κάτι που μου άρεσε πάρα πολύ.

  • Javier C
    2019-04-24 15:04

    Si algo tengo que valorarle a este libro, es su intento de meterse en la cabeza de un psicópata, de un asesino en serie, que será quien nos lleve de la mano a lo largo de todo el texto, en un relato en primera persona. Ahora bien, lo que no puedo valorar (ni creo que nadie pueda… excepto quizás un psicópata) es si este intento refleja de forma exacta o no la psicología de estos individuos…Pero esta incertidumbre sobre su rigurosidad no sería importante si el resultado fuese creíble e interesante. Lo malo es que, si bien creíble puede serlo, para mí su interés ha sido nulo. El texto resulta insulso, frío, y prácticamente no provoca emoción de ningún tipo en el lector. No es que uno pretenda sentir empatía hacia un asesino en serie, pero si leemos una historia escrita en primera persona, lo mínimo que esperamos es “entender” un poco a su protagonista. Pero no: ni le entendemos, ni nos importa. Empatía nula, cero. Texto frío e insulso. No tanto como para aburrir hasta el extremo de abandonar el libro, se deja leer, pero ni emociona, ni interesa, ni entretiene.Poco más puedo contar, excepto eso: que por mi parte no veo motivos para recomendarlo.

  • Rob Bliss
    2019-04-16 20:39

    Now THIS is a serial killer novel. I like Ellroy (read his 'Black Dahlia"). Nicely pulp but in the good Hammett, Chandler, Cain, Thompson way. Not crap. And he uses a unique way of presenting both sides of the story. The story is largely told from the killer's view -- about time!! (Who cares about the FBI or whatever cop and how tough and gritty they are and just wanna get their man and they are the thin blue line between order and chaos --- shut up copper!!!). BUt Ellroy uses newspaper reports to show where the killer has been, what he has done, and even a little wink from killer to reader when the killer is innocently named or referred to in the article, and the cops and journalists dont know but you the reader do! And it doesnt really spoil too much, but in this the main cop dies in the end. Thank God! Make the cop imperfect! Thank you. Im tired of super hero cops in every killer or mystery novel. Read lots of Ellroy. He's not a cookie-cutter idiot who gives you the same characters in every novel like a million other bestsellers.

  • Raro de Concurso
    2019-04-18 19:00

    Negrísima novela de un asesino en serie que recorre EE.UU matando a troche y moche. Contada sin miramientos y sin medias tintas. Con todo detalle y sin importarle la corrección política, el libro es un tratado sobre el MAL, así con mayúsculas. Pero no un mal demoniaco o sobrenatural, no, se refiere al mal real, a lo que es capaz de hacer una persona con la suficiente fuerza física y una inteligencia elevada.La narracción es extremadamente ágil, y utiliza algunos recursos para ello: narracción en primera persona, recortes de periódicos o el diario del investigador que sigue el caso. Además, el encuentro de atracción-repulsión con otro asesino en serie, provoca otra vuelta de tuerca y desencadena un final duro de tragar.En definitiva, una brutal historia no apta para paladares delicados.

  • Brett
    2019-04-07 22:44

    When I started reading Ellroy and became a big fan the general consensus was that everything before "The Black Dahlia" was terrible but there were so many books and I soon ran out of post Dahlia Ellroy so I had to wet my whistle. This is the third early Ellroy book I've tackled after "Brown's Requiem" and "Blood on the Moon" (both of which I quite liked), and I'm thinking this is the weakest I've read to date. It's not bad per se. It's a page turner for sure. But there's something about Ellroy doing a whole book from the perspective of a serial killer that's just too easy - too lazy. You definitely don't get any of the electric jazz that makes him great and infuriating by turns. A good beach book for ghouls like myself, but leaves you feeling empty like 25,000 calories worth of Fritos.

  • Victor Bruneski
    2019-03-30 15:54

    I've been looking forward to this book for awhile. I'm a big fan of Ellroy, and this story he goes a little off what he usually writes about. His other books are about detectives, this one a serial killer.Even if it is different, it's also the same. He usually has two types of main characters: One a dirty cop who becomes a hero, the other a straight cop who goes crazy. We have the straight cop who goes crazy with the Inspector who is hunting the serial killer. The killer himself is a different story.The killer is truly loony toons, but I think a good representation of one. He finds himself superior to other people, but you can tell how pathetic he really is.The book got better as it went on. Not his best work, but not his worst.

  • Matt
    2019-04-12 16:08

    Utterly, utterly terrifying. This is the fictional autobiography of Martin Plunkett, the serial killer who dubbed himself "the Shroud Shifter" as he traveled across the country and killed 62 people.Ellroy's prose has its typical staccato style, and I've always said that he was very good at writing very bad people. I never knew, though, that he would be able to write somebody this bad this well. It unsettles you; there are frequent moments where reality is distorted and doubtable, and the character of Plunkett is a difficult one to be in the mind of.However, if you like this sort of book or are an Ellroy fan, this is an absolute must.

  • Imanol
    2019-04-23 16:39

    Es una novela bastante curiosa, que tampoco sabría hasta qué punto recomendar.Para empezar, el libro entero es una montaña rusa: a veces bostezas mientras estás leyendo y otras puedes "tragarte" 50 páginas sin parpadear.Desconocía al autor y me parece que promete, aunque también me ha sorprendido esa capacidad de "lo mejor VS lo peor" que encierra su ritmo narrativo.El tema desde luego es muy interesante y te hace reflexionar sobre si existe EL MAL en mayúsculas.Lo más destacable sería la interrelación que nace entre los dos protagonistas, y el análisis y descripción del detective Dusemberry.Bueno, en realidad le daría un 7,5.

  • William Davidson
    2019-03-27 20:59

    This was an interesting book, from the perspective of a psychotic serial-killer. I had never read a crime book before this one, and I was pleasantly surprised. The reader gets into the frame of mind of the hero, who is a despicable villain, but displays some positive traits. For example, he is highly intelligent and autonomous, crafty and methodological. I am not saying that the reader falls in love with this dark protagonist, for in fact quite the opposite is true, but at least a small window is created into the soul of a dangerous genius.