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Although it follows his L.A. Trilogy chronologically, Ellroy's visceral, tightly plotted new novel unfolds on a much wider stage, delivering a compelling and detailed view of the American underworld from the late 1950s to the assassination of JFK. Demythologizing the Camelot years, Ellroy (White Jazz) depicts a nexus of renegade government agencies, mobsters, industrial tycoons and Hollywood players fueling the rise and fall of the Kennedy administration. The story hinges on the entanglements of three 40-something government mercenaries who play major, behind-the-scenes roles in such events as the Bay of Pigs and the assassination of the president. Suave and sybaritic Kemper Boyd pimps for JFK while carrying out simultaneous undercover work for the CIA, FBI, Robert Kennedy and the Mob. Hulking, sadistic ex-L.A. cop Pete Bondurant, a hired killer for Jimmy Hoffa, digs dirt for a drug-addled Howard Hughes while training a cadre of bloodthirsty, anti-Castro Cuban exiles off the Florida Coast. Idealistic FBI wiretapper Ward Littel, following a series of disastrous anti-Mafia operations, becomes a Machiavellian mob lawyer. All three rub shoulders with an enormous cast of real-life characters, including clever, two-dimensional portraits of the Kennedy family, J. Edgar Hoover and Jack Ruby. Exercising his muscular, shorthand prose, Ellroy moves the narrative from break-in to lurid assignation to brutal hit job in a tightening gyre that culminates in the murder of the president. While not especially convincing as revisionist history, this is a cool and riveting evocation of a cultural epoch abounding in government surveillance, endemic corruption and yellow journalism. BOMC and QPB selections; author tour.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Critics either adored or abhorred Ellroy's last crime novel, White Jazz, for its gritty subject matter and "word jazz" prose. American Tabloid, a fictional examination of the conspiracy-to-end-all-conspiracies-the assassination of JFK -will contain more of the same.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
After Perfidia came out to such great reviews I decided that I needed to read Ellroy. I started with American Tabloid and I really wanted to like this book. Read morePublished 14 days ago by David Jankowski
Historic fiction. Or history? Who's to say? But more convincing than the Warren Commission. And keeps you at the heart of the action and the swirling pit of corruption.Published 15 days ago by Groucheaux
This is the first work by James Ellroy that I have read. In the beginning, I found his style awkward to follow but once I became familiar I was hooked. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Sheryl L Vincent
Interesting journey into the world of imagined? political plots and sub-plots.Published 3 months ago by Milostiva
Ellroy takes on the JFK mythology in a cataclysmic conflict of communists, mobsters, American royalty and a variety of henchmen. An irreverent, lurid, and thrilling spectacle. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Random
This was my second foray into Elroy, and I couldn't be more satisfied. Elroy weaves the intrigue and uncertainty of the Kennedy era into captivating original story set in his world... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alvin Cats
I got as far as page 82 and then decided there are other books I would rather read. I found the narration disjointed and lacking drive. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Richard
Could NOT put it down. Recommend it to everyone I know - best of all his books in my opinion. Truly inspired - book 2 and 3 of the trilogy don't match it, but hey, not much can.Published 4 months ago by Charles Matheson