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ISBN13: 9780375727375
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J. Edgar Hoover, the Ku Klux Klan, Howard Hughes, Jimmy Hoffa and dozens of I-talian "businessmen" do battle with "Martin Lucifer Coon," Jack and Bobby Kennedy, and other "Communists" in James Ellroy's latest tomes. Ellroy's tommy-gun prose and morally compromised or deficient characters weave a tapestry of deceit, degeneracy, conspiracy and murder in what is considered the best crime writing of the decade. The sixties never looked so evil. I couldn't put either book down.
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We are behind, and below, the scenes of JFK's presidential election, the Bay of Pigs, the assassination – in the underworld that connects Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, D.C....

Where the CIA, the Mob, J. Edgar Hoover, Howard Hughes, Jimmy Hoffa, Cuban political exiles, and various loose cannons conspire in a covert anarchy...

Where the right drugs, the right amount of cash, the right murder, buys a moment of a man's loyalty...

Where three renegade law-enforcement officers--a former L.A. cop and two FBI agents--are shaping events with the virulence of their greed and hatred, riding full-blast shotgun into history....

James Ellroy's trademark nothing-spared rendering of reality, blistering language, and relentless narrative pace are here in electrifying abundance, put to work in a novel as shocking and daring as anything he's written: a secret history that zeroes in on a time still shrouded in secrets and blows it wide open.

Review:

"A supremely controlled work of art." The New York Times Book Review

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"Hard-bitten. . . . Ingenious. . . . Ellroy segues into political intrigue without missing a beat." The New York Times

Review:

"Vastly entertaining." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Compulsively readable....Hard to forget." Chicago Tribune

About the Author

James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His L.A. Quartet novels The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz, were international best-sellers. His novel American Tabloid was Time magazine's Best Book (fiction) of 1995; his memoir, My Dark Places, was a Time Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book for 1996. He lives in Kansas City.

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shawn mcdonald, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by shawn mcdonald)
The one that got me started. My favorite author from my favorite genre - you'd do yourself a disservice not to complete the trilogy.
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Luke Dunteman, March 12, 2010 (view all comments by Luke Dunteman)
James Ellroy's "American Tabloid" is not just the best piece of pulp I have ever read, but one of the best pieces of historial fiction ever produced! Being inspired by John Dos Passos' "USA Trilogy", Ellroy provides the reader with a vision of the Kennedy years that shows while idealism was the salient trait of that period, it died before November 22, 1963.
The historical personalities that appear in the novel all play their roles convincingly as the epitomies of the era and are not simple, passive, cardboard figures which are used to further the plot. The protagonists are simply real people that you hate to love as their attitudes change as the American past rolls on by. While events control us, we are the ones who make them.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375727375
Author:
Ellroy, James
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Criminals
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Violence
Subject:
Political corruption
Subject:
Political fiction
Subject:
Political corruption -- United States.
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
52/2001
Publication Date:
20010431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
7.98 x 5.18 x 1 in 0.9 lb

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Product details 592 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375727375 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

J. Edgar Hoover, the Ku Klux Klan, Howard Hughes, Jimmy Hoffa and dozens of I-talian "businessmen" do battle with "Martin Lucifer Coon," Jack and Bobby Kennedy, and other "Communists" in James Ellroy's latest tomes. Ellroy's tommy-gun prose and morally compromised or deficient characters weave a tapestry of deceit, degeneracy, conspiracy and murder in what is considered the best crime writing of the decade. The sixties never looked so evil. I couldn't put either book down.

"Review" by , "A supremely controlled work of art."
"Review" by , "Hard-bitten. . . . Ingenious. . . . Ellroy segues into political intrigue without missing a beat."
"Review" by , "Vastly entertaining."
"Review" by , "Compulsively readable....Hard to forget."
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