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Clandestine is an 1982 crime novel by American author James Ellroy. Set in the 1950s, the protagonist is an ambitious LA Cop, Fred Underhill.
Officer Freddy Underhill is a young cop on the rise working out of the LAPD's Wilshire station in 1951. He covers the beat with his partner Wacky Walker, a World War II veteran with a Medal of Honor, a drinking problem, and an obsession with death. Underhill and Walker discover the mutilated and strangled corpse of a young secretary. The trail leads to other murders, new and old, and a beautiful crippled district attorney named Lorna Weinberg.
Several familiar themes and characters from Ellroy's L.A. Quartet series appear here, such as police lieutenant Dudley Smith.
Ellroy's Clandestine earned him a Edgar Award nomination from Mystery Writers of America, in 1982.