Because the Night (novel)
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|Series||Lloyd Hopkins Trilogy|
|Genre||Novel, crime fiction|
|Publisher||The Mysterious Press|
|Media type||Print (hardback & paperback), audio cassette and audio CD|
|Pages||280 pp (first edition, hardcover)|
|ISBN||978-0-89296-071-2 (first edition, hardcover)|
|LC Class||PS3555.L6274 B4 1984|
|Preceded by||Blood on the Moon (1984)|
|Followed by||Suicide Hill (1985)|
Because the Night is a crime fiction novel written by James Ellroy.
Released in 1984, it is the second installment of a trilogy that is either titled "Lloyd Hopkins Trilogy" after its main character, or "L.A Noir", after the hardcover omnibus that was released in 2006 containing all three books in the trilogy. Actor Tom Hanks in an October 13, 2017 interview stated that he would be interested in playing the part of Lloyd Hopkins if a film or stage adaptation was in the works.
Because the Night features Hopkins investigating a triple murder at a liquor store. Nothing was stolen, leading Hopkins to suspect that the crime was a thrill killing. His investigation crosses paths with psychiatrist John Havilland, who uses drugs and professional expertise to manipulate a small group of followers into crime and debauchery.
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