American Tabloid: A Novel

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Fawcett Columbine, 1997 - Fiction - 571 pages
282 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 money, power, influence and even the Presidency of the United States are up for grabs... 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... The same blistering language, relentless narrative pace and nothing-spared rendering of reality that have marked James Ellroy's other best-selling novels are here once again, and in electrifying abundance. And now he puts them to work in a novel more shocking and daring than anything he's written before: a secret history that zeroes in on a time still shrouded in secrets and blows it wide open.

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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 (1997)

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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