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Although it follows his L.A. Trilogy chronologically, Ellroy's visceral, tightly plotted new novel unfolds on a much wider stage, delivering a compelling and detailed view of the American underworld from the late 1950s to the assassination of JFK. Demythologizing the Camelot years, Ellroy (White Jazz) depicts a nexus of renegade government agencies, mobsters, industrial tycoons and Hollywood players fueling the rise and fall of the Kennedy administration. The story hinges on the entanglements of three 40-something government mercenaries who play major, behind-the-scenes roles in such events as the Bay of Pigs and the assassination of the president. Suave and sybaritic Kemper Boyd pimps for JFK while carrying out simultaneous undercover work for the CIA, FBI, Robert Kennedy and the Mob. Hulking, sadistic ex-L.A. cop Pete Bondurant, a hired killer for Jimmy Hoffa, digs dirt for a drug-addled Howard Hughes while training a cadre of bloodthirsty, anti-Castro Cuban exiles off the Florida Coast. Idealistic FBI wiretapper Ward Littel, following a series of disastrous anti-Mafia operations, becomes a Machiavellian mob lawyer. All three rub shoulders with an enormous cast of real-life characters, including clever, two-dimensional portraits of the Kennedy family, J. Edgar Hoover and Jack Ruby. Exercising his muscular, shorthand prose, Ellroy moves the narrative from break-in to lurid assignation to brutal hit job in a tightening gyre that culminates in the murder of the president. While not especially convincing as revisionist history, this is a cool and riveting evocation of a cultural epoch abounding in government surveillance, endemic corruption and yellow journalism. BOMC and QPB selections; author tour.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Critics either adored or abhorred Ellroy's last crime novel, White Jazz, for its gritty subject matter and "word jazz" prose. American Tabloid, a fictional examination of the conspiracy-to-end-all-conspiracies-the assassination of JFK -will contain more of the same.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I thought the book started out well but it was much too long in my opinion. the idea and approach to the story was good but I found the radical shifts and apparently unmotivated... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Cameron Shantz
An absolute must for any student of American history, or any student of American covert dealings. American Tabloid lays bare the murky under-workings of the United States cira 1959... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dr. R.J Young
This novel about secret governmental departments and their unexpected activities is superbly written and rivets the reader to each page. Read morePublished on March 5 2012 by Ila France Porcher, Author of The Shark Sessions
I'm beyond words. It is pulp fiction at it's most riveting. It is history and conspiracy turned upside down. Read morePublished on April 19 2004 by Robert Wellen
American Tabloid is one of the finest crime fiction novels in my library. Ellroy is a master of blending actual events with plausible and frightening characters. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2003 by Amazon Customer
The subjets covered in this book are both sensitive and explosive: the mafia, the teamsters, the FBI, the CIA and the Kennedy's. Read morePublished on April 5 2003
Incredible!! Seven hundred pages of violence, nasty words, treason, murders, knives in the back, despisable characters...
That's all you've got here. Read more
Unbeliavable! Ellroy wrote a book where 99,9% of all characters are vile and mean, totally indecent and immoral, including the ones with real names! Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2002 by PATHERSON