American Tabloid (Paperback)

Author: Ellroy, James

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Offers a story of the dark secrets behind Kennedys election and assassination, the Bay of Pigs, and the roles of the underworld, the CIA, Howard Hughes, Hoover, and three renegade law-enforcement officers. *Author: Ellroy, James *Publication Date: 2001/05/01 *Number of Pages: 571 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780375727375
SKU 30735391
Format Paperback
ISBN10 037572737X
Release Date 4/10/2007
Author Info
James Ellroy
The most significant event in James Ellroy's life occurred when he was only 10 years old. His mother, an aging model who had been dubbed "America's favorite redhead" by a large cosmetics company 20 years earlier, was raped and brutally murdered. Her nude body was discovered by neighborhood kids after being dumped by the side of the road. The killer was never caught. This event would affect Ellroy's childhood so deeply that he plunged into a life of alcoholism, homelessness, and deviant behavior that included voyeurism, burglary, and drug abuse. As he began to mature, Ellroy became a golf caddy and, in his spare time, started to write. After his first novel appeared in 1981, "Brown's Requiem", Ellroy followed with a string of dark and brooding crime novels that fearlessly and bluntly depicted the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles. His second novel, "Clandestine" (1982), was a fictionalized account of his mother's murder, a topic he would address directly in his 1996 autobiography, "My Dark Places." Ellroy's reputation has been built on his uncompromising ability to portray the inner workings of psychotic, disturbed characters, whether they are serial killers or the very policemen who track them down. "L.A. Confidential" (1990), his searing expos? of 1950s Hollywood culture and society, tore away at facades of mass media, police corruption, and the film industry. Ellroy knew the scene well. His own father, who died when he was 17, once worked as Rita Hayworth's business manager. Though he has called his father "a Hollywood bottom feeder," Ellroy plumbed a lot of racy gossip from him about who was sleeping with whom in Hollywood, all of which was good fodder for the honest, irreverent novels for which he has come to be known.
Praise
"I'm thoroughly enjoying AMERICAN TABLOID.... It's pretty darn ugly, but compulsively readable nonetheless."
"Reading [Ellroy] is like witnessing a horrific accident. Even as you stare, you're in disbelief. And yet, there it is....He makes devestating studies of men with something to prove--men who are literally cornered by a killer or cornered by their own insecurities."
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Annotation As the 1950s come to a close JFK has his eyes on the White House, Bobby has a red-hot jones to nail Jimmy Hoffa, and J. Edgar Hoover is swooping down on the "red menace." FBI agents Kemper Boyd and Ward Littell work all sides of the street--jerking the chains of made men, street scum, and celebrities alike.
Editors Note Offers a story of the dark secrets behind Kennedy's election and assassination, the Bay of Pigs, and the roles of the underworld, the CIA, Howard Hughes, Hoover, and three renegade law-enforcement officers.
Editors Note 2 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 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. . . .James Ellroy's trademark nothing-spared rendering of reality, blistering language, and relentless narrative pace are here in electrifying abundance, put to work in a novel as shocking and daring as anything he's written: a secret history that zeroes in on a time still shrouded in secrets and blows it wide open.
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