It is December 6 1941. America stands at the brink of World War II. Last hopes for peace are shattered when Japanese squadrons bomb Pearl Harbor.
Los Angeles has been a haven for loyal Japanese-Americans - but now, war fever and race hate grip the city and the Japanese internment begins. The hellish murder of a Japanese family summons three men and one woman. William H. Parker is a captain on the Los Angeles Police. He's superbly gifted, corrosively ambitious, liquored-up and consumed by dubious ideology. He is bitterly at odds with Sergeant Dudley Smith - Irish emigre, ex-IRA killer, fledgling war profiteer. Kay Lake is a 21-year-old dilettante looking for adventure. Hideo Ashida is a police chemist and the only Japanese on the L.A. cop payroll. The investigation throws them together and rips them apart. The crime becomes a political storm centre that brilliantly illuminates these four driven souls - comrades, rivals, lovers, history's pawns. Perfidia is a novel of astonishments. It is World War II as you have never seen it, and Los Angeles as James Ellroy has never written it before. Here, he gives us the party at the edge of the abyss and the precipice of America's ascendance. Perfidia is that moment, spellbindingly captured. It beckons us to solve a great crime that, in its turn, explicates the crime of war itself. It is a great American novel.
In 1990, L.A. Confidential was acclaimed as the most extraordinary crime novel produced in the US in decades. The complex narrative showcased a massive panoply of Los Angeles in the 1950s, blending a fictional scenario with real events and characters, the picture-postcard vision of the city undercut by Ellroy’s anatomising of its darker side. The new book is a prequel (beginning on the day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor) to the original L.A. Quartet, featuring several of the same characters and a host of real-life personalities. As before, we are presented with a richly flavoured goulash in which corrupt cops, psychopathic gangsters, Hollywood types with unorthodox sexual tastes, racists and junkies, violently intersect Police chemist Hideo Ashida is called to a gruesome ritual suicide, but he suspects mass murder. And as Japanese ‘subversives’ are corralled by US authorities, an orgy of bloodshed connected to Hideo’s case is unleashed. Ellroy is still trying to expand the parameters of the crime novel.
'James Ellroy is the best crime writer in the world.'
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Publication date: 11/09/2014
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
|Publication date:||11th September 2014|
|Publisher:||William Heinemann Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. He is the author of the acclaimed LA Quartet, The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, LA Confidential and White Jazz, as well as the first two parts of his Underworld USA trilogy, American Tabloid and The Cold Six Thousand which were both Sunday Times bestsellers. In 2011 James Ellroy was awarded the French Order of Arts and Letters by France's culture minister Frederic Mitterand. Mitterand described Ellroy as "the master of dark dreams" and called him "one of the most prominent names in modern literature".Ellroy's editor at William Heinemann, Jason Arthur, ...More About James Ellroy