American tabloid: a novel
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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An absolute cracker of a read, with Ellroy at the peak of his powers before he stopped using anything that resembled English.
Review: American Tabloid (Underworld USA #1)User Review - David - Goodreads
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