I remember hearing @melizaabbott recommend this book at MWF but it's taken me oh so long to get to it. I wish I hadn't waited. In a Lonely Place knocks the socks off Chandler, Hammett, Thompson and Easton Ellis. And it's up there with Ellroy's best. It's that good.
Dix Steele is writing a crime novel when a wave of murders against women sweeps through LA. I'm not going to spoil the voice, but the way Hughes captures the male gaze is phenomenal. Dix doesn't like women, that's for sure.
I'm still working my way through it, but if the opening is as good as the ending I can't wait. Feels appropriate to be reading this while waiting to see the last of the Ida Lupino series at @acmionline. Noir queens rule.