Clandestine (novel)

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First edition
AuthorJames Ellroy
CountryUnited States
GenreCrime fiction
PublisherAvon Books
Preceded byBrown's Requiem (1981) 
Followed byBlood on the Moon (1984) 

Clandestine is a 1982 crime novel by American author James Ellroy.[1] Set in 1951,[2] the protagonist is ambitious LAPD Officer Fred Underhill. Ellroy dedicated Clandestine, "to Penny Nagler".

Underhill is a young cop on the rise working out of the Wilshire station. He covers the beat with his partner Herbert Lawton "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 characters from Ellroy's L.A. Quartet series appear here, including police lieutenant Dudley Smith, Michael Breuning, and Richard Carlisle.

Clandestine earned Ellroy an Edgar Award nomination from Mystery Writers of America in 1982.[3]


  1. ^ Concise Major 21st-Century Writers. Gale via HighBeam Research. November 2006. ISBN 9781414410487. Archived from the original on 2014-06-29. Retrieved 18 May 2012.(subscription required)
  2. ^ "Clandestine, by James Ellroy". The Irish Times. 30 January 1999. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  3. ^ Matthews, Tracey L. (2006). "Ellroy, James 1948–". Concise Major 21st-Century Writers: A Selection of Sketches from Contemporary Authors. Thomson Gale. ISBN 9780787675394. Archived from the original on 2014-06-29 – via