Synopses & Reviews
The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, White Jazz, American Tabloid
... James Ellroy's high-velocity, best-selling novels have redefined noir for our age, propelling us within inches of the dark realities of America's recent history. Now, in The Cold Six Thousand
, his most ambitious and explosive novel yet, he puts the whole of the 1960s under his blistering lens. The result is a work of fierce, epic fiction, a speedball through our most tumultuous time.
It begins in Dallas. November 22, 1963. The heart of the American Dream detonated.
Wayne Tedrow Jr., a young Vegas cop, arrives with a loathsome job to do. He's got $6,000 in cash and no idea that he is about to plunge into the cover-up conspiracy already brewing around Kennedy's assassination, no idea that this will mark the beginning of a hellish five-year ride through the private underbelly of public policy.
Ellroy's furiously paced narrative tracks Tedrow's ride: Dallas back to Vegas, with the Mob and Howard Hughes, south with the Klan and J. Edgar Hoover, shipping out to Vietnam and returning home, the bearer of white powder, plotting new deaths as 1968 approaches ...
Tedrow stands witness, as the icons of an iconic era mingle with cops, killers, hoods, and provocateurs. His story is ground zero in Ellroy's stunning vision: historical confluence as American Nightmare.
The Cold Six Thousand is a masterpiece.
"The narrative is even more Shakespearean than its predecessor in its complex political machinations, fiendish plotting and lines of fate. And it is even bigger-cast and bigger-budget in the ground covered and the enormous amount of disposable income involved a dark fairytale of the black economy, a last movie that no one could afford to make." Chris Petit, The Guardian
"The plot... is byzantine and the prose is so hard-boiled you could chip a tooth on it... As uniformly depraved and vicious as the world he depicts may be, as grim as his take on human nature, Ellroy never seems truly cynical because he's so endlessly jazzed by it all... A wild ride."
-- Laura Miller, The New York Times Book Review
"I often feel as if I should put brown paper covers on Ellroy's books when reading them in public; when I put them down, I feel like I should wash my hands. And, God help me, I keep right on reading. Why? Well, Cold Six Thousand just made it to the New York Times bestseller list. Why do so many of you?
Because Ellroy knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men, and a few women, too, that's why." Allen Barra, Salon.com
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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.