American Tabloid: A Novel

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Fawcett Columbine, 1997 - Fiction - 571 pages
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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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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
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Review: American Tabloid (Underworld USA #1)

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This is perhaps the most rewarding and incredible novel that I have ever read. A crime saga of the highest caliber. Ellroy weaves a masterful tale of tortured conquest centered around three very ... Read full review

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No one writes like Ellroy. No one. Read this book. Now. 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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