Because the Night (novel)

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Because the Night
Avon Ellroy BecausetheNight.jpg
AuthorJames Ellroy
CountryUnited States
SeriesLloyd Hopkins Trilogy
GenreNovel, crime fiction
PublisherThe Mysterious Press
Publication date
October 1986
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback), audio cassette and audio CD
Pages280 pp (first edition, hardcover)
ISBN978-0-89296-071-2 (first edition, hardcover)
813/.54 20
LC ClassPS3555.L6274 B4 1984
Preceded byBlood on the Moon (1984) 
Followed bySuicide 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. Like Blood on the Moon (first book) and Suicide Hill (third and final book), it follows Lloyd Hopkins an LAPD robbery-homicide detective in the 1980s.

Plot summary[edit]

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. [1]