American tabloid: a novel

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Knopf, 1995 - Fiction - 571 pages
233 Reviews
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.


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page turner, loving it. - Goodreads
The plot was confusing at times too. - Goodreads
His writing style is staccato, brutal, and mesmerizing. - Goodreads
Just great prose on the early '60's - Goodreads
His plots and characterizations are distinctively his. - Goodreads
Great writing style. - Goodreads
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An absolute cracker of a read, with Ellroy at the peak of his powers before he stopped using anything that resembled English.

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Ellroy's spartan prose runs contrary to the polished and impersonal history of text books and screenplays. His 'history-as-tabloid headlines' is a visceral view of America rife with corruption at ... Read full review

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About the author (1995)

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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