American Tabloid: A Novel

James Ellroy
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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Reviewed: 2021-01-19
Good: the detail, holy fuck, and such seamy, dirty history being brought alive.
Good: the tabloid-like style, or a very flat style, that it was written in

Bad: the tabloid-like style, or a very flat style, that it was written in (yup)
Bad: it was a bit hard to follow all the strands; I lost a few details, like why was Kemper Boyd shot at the end?
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