American Tabloid

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Windmill Books, Jan 1, 2010 - Political corruption - 592 pages
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The first novel in Ellroy's extraordinary Underworld USA Trilogy as featured on BBC Radio 4's A Good Read.

1958. America is about to emerge into a bright new age - an age that will last until the 1000 days of John F Kennedy's presidency.

Three men move beneath the glossy surface of power, men allied to the makers and shakers of the era. Pete Bondurant - Howard Hughes's right-hand man, Jimmy Hoffa's hitman. Kemper Boyd - employed by J Edgar Hoover to infiltrate the Kennedy clan. Ward Littell - a man seeking redemption in Bobby Kennedy's drive against organised crime.

The festering discount of the age that burns brightly in these men's hearts will go into supernova as the Bay of Pigs ends in calamity, the Mob clamours for payback and the 1000 days ends in brutal quietus in 1963.

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Check out the prose. - Goodreads
The plot was confusing at times too. - Goodreads
page turner, loving it. - Goodreads
His writing style is staccato, brutal, and mesmerizing. - Goodreads
His plots and characterizations are distinctively his. - Goodreads
Great writing style. - Goodreads

Review: American Tabloid (Underworld USA #1)

User Review  - Anthony Nie - Goodreads

James Ellroy's thriller novel, “American Tabloid” manages to give readers chills throughout the entire book. Dialing back into the late 50s at the time when JFK was assassinated, the novel slowly ... Read full review

Review: American Tabloid (Underworld USA #1)

User Review  - Zachames - Goodreads

Did not realize I would like this as much as I did. Great writing style. I'm usually wary of an author using real characters in a fictional work but with the exception of Hoffa and JFK I think that he did a good job. Read full review

About the author (2010)

James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. He is the author of the acclaimed LA Quartet, The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, LA Confidential and White Jazz, as well as the first two parts of his Underworld USA trilogy, American Tabloid and The Cold Six Thousand which were both Sunday Times bestsellers.

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