Perfidia

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Random House, Sep 11, 2014 - Fiction - 816 pages
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'There has never been a writer like James Ellroy.' Telegraph

Los Angeles, December 6, 1941. Last hopes for peace are shattered when Japanese squadrons bomb Pearl Harbor. War fever and race hate grip the city and the internment of Japanese-Americans begins.

Following the hellish murder of a Japanese family, three men and one woman are summoned. William H. Parker is a captain on the Los Angeles Police. He's superbly gifted, corrosively ambitious and consumed by dubious ideology. He is bitterly at odds with Sergeant Dudley Smith - Irish émigré, ex-IRA killer and fledgling war profiteer. Kay Lake is a 21-year-old dilettante looking for adventure. Hideo Ashida is a brilliant police chemist and the only Japanese on the payroll.

Four driven souls - rivals, lovers, history's pawns - thrown into an investigation which will not only rip them apart but take America to the edge of the abyss at a crucial moment in its history.

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Review: Perfidia (Second LA Quartet #1)

User Review  - Bro_Pair أعرف - Goodreads

This is Ellroy's most frustrating book. It also could have been his best, ever. It isn't. I love James Ellroy's writing, and have since I first read LA Confidential as an adolescent. White Jazz, The ... Read full review

Review: Perfidia (Second LA Quartet #1)

User Review  - Ali Miremadi - Goodreads

Ellroy's prose is more easily comprehensible here than in his earlier LA novels. The consequence is that the plotting is shown to be chaotic and the characters more a jumble of unpleasant habits than credible individuals. Disappointing. Read full review

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About the author (2014)

JAMES ELLROY was born in Los Angeles in 1948. He is the author of the ‘Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy’ – American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand and Blood's a Rover – and the ‘L.A. Quartet’ novels, The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential and White Jazz. He lives in Los Angeles.

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