The Informers

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 9, 2010 - Fiction - 240 pages
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The basis of the major motion picture starring Billy Bob Thornton, KimBasinger and Mickey Rourke, The Informers is a seductive and chillingly nihilistic novel, in which Bret Easton Ellis, returns to Los Angeles, the city whose moral badlands he portrayed so unforgettably in Less Than Zero. This time is the early eighties. The characters go to the same schools and eat at the same restaurants. Their voices enfold us as seamlessly as those of DJs heard over a car radio. They have sex with the same boys and girls and buy from the same dealers. In short, they are connected in the only way people can be in that city.

Dirk sees his best friend killed in a desert car wreck, then rifles through his pockets for a last joint before the ambulance comes. Cheryl, a wannabe newscaster, chides her future stepdaughter, “You're tan but you don't look happy.” Jamie is a clubland carnivore with a taste for human blood. As rendered by Ellis, their interactions compose a chilling, fascinating, and outrageous descent into the abyss beneath L.A.'s gorgeous surfaces.

 

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

This is a scathing diatribe about soulless people in LA. Parents who cannot communicate with their children, children who can’t get what they want, vampires who crave even more blood and cars that ... Read full review

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User Review  - thioviolight - LibraryThing

This book didn't turn out to be as great as I expected. While I found it a fairly entertaining read, mostly due to the setting and the characters and their crazy lifestyles, it didn't do that much for ... Read full review

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Bret Easton Ellis is the author of Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho, The Informers, GlamoramaLunar Park, and Imperial Bedrooms. His works have been translated into twenty-seven languages. Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho, and The Informers have all been made into films. He lives in Los Angeles.

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