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.
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.
Publication date: 30/04/2015
Publisher: Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone
Publication date: 11/09/2014
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
|Publication date:||30th April 2015|
|Publisher:||Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Historical 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