"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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 816 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 30/04/2015
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780099537755
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Review by Eyejaybee
I am in my early fifties now so I have to expect I will probably be dead in about twenty years. That isn't a problem but it does mean that I simply don't have time to waste on books that are deliberately impenetrable.I know from previous experience that James Ellroy can produce some engrossing stories with elaborate plots that clearly rest upon extensive historical research. Sadly, however, his recent books seems to have been increasingly labyrinthine to the extent that I simply lack the strength of spirit to give a toss.I'm sure that a lot of people will find his latest offering marvellous and will rave about his consummate attention to detail and his limitless facility to evoke a time and place. It just didn't work with me - I just found it too relentless a paean to squalor, rage and despair, and I experience enough of all that each day at work.