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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (Aug. 24 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375727418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375727412
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Darker, stranger and more compelling than almost anything else contemporary fiction has to offer."--Washington Post
"American fiction writing at its finest--a dexterous, astounding achievement."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"Absorbing and satisfying. . . Every page has at least one passage that's so snappy you want to reply it like a song."--Seattle Times

"Drop-dead great . . . . It'll blow your mind."--Austin American-Statesman
"Wild and brilliant, dazzling and funny . . . The plotting [is] fiendish and intricate . . . Ellroy's descriptions of violence remain powerful and slo-mo vivid."--Los Angeles Times
“Readers who love their noir blood-red will be giddy over Blood’s A Rover, the bang-up conclusion to James Ellroy’s Underworld USA trilogy . . . Ellroy’s prose is spare and riveting [and] his plot is hardball start to finish.”—USA Today
“A high-water mark in the career of one of America's best historical novelists.”—Denver Post
"Brilliant . . . There are no soft edges to this novel."--Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“Jaw-dropping . . . A remarkable literary achievement.”—Associated Press
"Ellroy employs a huge cast and hyper-pulp prose to create a convincingly horrific universe run by the F.B.I., the Mob, and a host of other sinister organizations."--The New Yorker
"[This] amounts to the hit-man theory of history . . . It's an outrageous, exhilarating, unpretty sight, and it's ingeniously plausible."--Boston Globe
"Another cocktail of speculative pop-pulp fiction, conspiracy-theorist wet dreams and a beguiling alternative history. Fans will be pleased as rum punch."--Time Out, New York
“The four-page intro has more acts of violence than hours of prime-time TV. The first word of the first chapter is ‘heroin.’. . Raymond Chandler, the founding father of hardboiled noir and one of Ellroy’s heroes, would have agreed with this approach.”—New York Post
“Fascinating. . . . Ellroy contextualizes expertly, bringing everyone from a swish Leonard Bernstein to a randy Redd Foxx to a junkie Sonny Liston onto his lurid playing field.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“I was hooked on the first page . . . By the last page . . . I picked my jaw up from the floor and quietly closed the book. Wow.”—Randy Michael Signor, Chicago Sun-Times
“Exhilarating. . . . A snitch epic, a history observed by the bad men and women who shaped it.”—Portland Oregonian

About the Author

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. His novel The Cold Six Thousand was a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book for 2001. Ellroy lives in Los Angeles.

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By NeuroSplicer HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on Jan. 1 2010
Format: Hardcover
To paraphrase Winston Churchill, America is a lie, wrapped up in a deception, inside a thin shell of morality. And James Ellroy keeps taping that shell, testing for weak-points and showing us it is hollow. Do you have the stomach to see what they have been feeding us all this time?

DIG IT: any bootlegger's son can become the President - assassination will automatically activate sanctification. Organized crime does not exist - but that never stopped it from running the country. And elections are not easy to fix - but in any case easier to fix than the World Series.
DOCUMENT INSERT: the most powerful man fighting Communism is a cross-dressing director with a wiretap fetish - morality standards and irony galore. Dominican Republic is the new location-location-location for blackjack-tables and chorus-line girls - if el Jefe can voodoo-hex the slaves from revolting. And Tricky Dick's price is 5 million - uncontrolled scatology at no extra charge.
CAREFUL NOW: infiltrate means collaborate; collaborate means condone; condone means finance; finance means plan; plan means precipitate - at which point did the investigation turn into instigation?

This is the third installment of the American-Underbelly trilogy (the masterpiece American Tabloid being the first and the excellent The Cold Six Thousand being the second). One does not necessarily have to read them in succession - but it surely helps. This is not an easy read, the story will serpent back and eat any one of its multiple tails, more than once. A second reading is recommended.
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I loved L.A. Confidential and White Jazz-- these had near-raw American magic, like jazz played by Mississipi delta illiterates who cannot read music notes, have no idea about scales, but are bursting with pure original something. However, beyond a certain point one must go beyond unstructured staccato scream. I mean, I'm all for declarative sentences. But three-word-sentences and three-sentenec-paragraphs can only take you so far. Even three-card-monte players occcasionally go into a longer patter. This book is good. But it could be better.
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Set in the late 60's and early 70's, Mr. Ellroy takes us through all the key events in American life during those years. We have the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, the presidency of Richard Nixon, the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs, and the upcoming Watergate debacle. All these events are connected by the slimy, sinister Underworld. J. Edgar Hoover, also called 'the old girl," Richard Nixon, and Howard "Dracula" Hughes all appear as lesser characters in this novel. The real protagonists are their minions who both work to please their bosses and to pursue personal agendas designed to make them richer and settle old scores. The dialogue is fantastic. Like Irvine Welsh and John King, Mr. Ellroy uses the dialect of his characters to accentuate reality so that his narrative could be mistaken for typed recordings. Dialogue between J. Edgar Hoover and Dwight Holly and Holly and Richard Nixon are presented as actual transcripts. The language is fantastic. Mr. Ellroy writes of flunkies and peaceniks, light-skinned beaners and spooks, Voodoo VistaVision, black militants and hated reds, Mr. Clean, fat cats who futz, boozy hoo-haw, the snitch-file index, a shelf that shimmy-shimmed and the Peeper whose "Adam's apple did the Fug and the Peppermint Twist." This is a fantastic read.
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Comparable in quality to the rest of Ellroy's recent work and a powerful, moving conclusion to the USA trilogy. This novel is much more than crime/thriller genre fiction; it is a totally engrossing novel in all aspects and a sweeping, convincing (albeit alternative) vision of contemporary American political and social realities. Recommended most highly! Only "Perfidia" and "The Big Nowhere" are stronger novels.
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just love ellroy
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