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Perfidia by James Ellroy
  

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Ellroy is most famous for two exquisite series. The LA Quartet (including LA Confidential) set in the 40s and 50s and centred on the LAPD; and the Underworld USA Trilogy which runs from 58-73 and takes in the sweeping historical events including the assassination of JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Vietnam and Nixon. This is the start of a new series and goes back in time a little to the day before Pearl Harbour. It is an incredible, lush prelude to both series with a confluence of characters (as well as an introduction to plenty of new ones) and their earlier war time lives, centred around the early days of war in LA. You don’t have to have read the other books to fall completely in love with this one. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

If you like James Ellroy you might also like to read books by Walter Mosley, Derek Raymond and George P Pelecanos.


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Beginning on the day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, this is a prequel to Ellroy’s original LA Quartet, featuring several of the same characters and a host of reallife personalities: 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.
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Perfidia by James Ellroy

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. When a Japanese family is found brutally murdered, three men and one woman are summoned. William H Parker is a captain on the Los Angeles Police force. He's superbly gifted, corrosively ambitious and consumed by dubious ideology. He is bitterly at odds with Sergeant Dudley Smith - Irish emigre, 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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About the Author

James Ellroy

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, said: "If the purpose of this honour is to recognise a significant contribution to literature, then it is richly deserved. It reaffirms my belief that his writing truly transcends genre and easy labels—James is quite simply one of the best novelists writing today."

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Publication date

30th April 2015

Author

James Ellroy

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Publisher

Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Paperback
816 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Historical Fiction
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9780099537755

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