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L. A. Confidentialby James Ellroy
Saturday, September 13, 2014 04:00 PM
Powell's City of Books on Burnside, Portland, OR
From James Ellroy comes a pulse-pounding, as-it-happens narrative that unfolds in Los Angeles over 23 days beginning on December 6, 1941. The Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor. The U.S. teeters on the edge of war. The roundup of allegedly treasonous Japanese Americans is about to begin. And in L.A., a Japanese family is found dead. Murder or ritual suicide? The investigation will draw four people into a totally Ellroyian tangle. As lives intertwine, we are given a story of war and of consuming romance, a searing exposé of the Japanese internment, and an astonishingly detailed homicide investigation. In Perfidia (Knopf), Ellroy, the "Demon Dog of American Crime Fiction," delves more deeply than ever before into his characters' intellectual and emotional lives.
Synopses & Reviews
Los Angeles in the 1950s: from its fabulous mansions to its sizzling nightclubs, it is a sprawling center of corruption and dangerous passions. Now a horrific mass murder invades the bleak cityscape. And caught in the nightmare are three cops bound by honor, sin, and blood...
Ed Exley wants to eclipse his policeman father's success. Bud White watched his own mother's murder — and is now a time bomb with a badge. Jack Vincennes shakes down movie stars for a scandal magazine.
From the Master of Post-Modern Crime Fiction, James Ellroy, bestselling author of The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, and My Dark Places, comes his epic masterpiece L.A. Confidential.
"[A] compelling read for the stout of heart." Publishers Weekly
"Nobody in this generation matches the breadth and depth of James Ellroy's way with noir." Detroit News
"Ellroy spares no sensibilities." Los Angeles Times
"Always a master at painting the dark portrait, Ellroy put down his broad brush for a sharp pen...He's stripped down the language to a hard, cutting tool." Associated Press
"Brutal and at the same time believable." New York Times
"An undeniably artful frenzy of violence, guilt, and unappeased self-loathing. Ellroy's crime fiction represents a high mark in the genre." New York Newsday
"Ellroy has shifted the margins...these operatic historical novels of postwar Los Angeles are evolutionary advances in crime fiction." L.A. Weekly
L.A. Confidential is epic "noir", a crime novel of astonishing detail and scope written by the bestselling author of The Black Dahlia. A horrific mass murder invades the lives of victims and victimizers on both sides of the law. And three lawmen are caught in a deadly spiral, a nightmare that tests loyalty and courage, and offers no mercy, grants no survivors.
About the Author
James Ellroy was born in 1948 in Los Angeles, the city that has served as the inspiration for his acclaimed crime novels. His L.A. Quartet novels — The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz — are international bestsellers. His most recent novel, American Tabloid, was Time magazine's novel of the year for 1995. His memoir, My Dark Places, was a New York Times notable book and a Time magazine best book of the year for 1996. He lives in Kansas City.
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