American Tabloid: A Novel
CHOSEN BY TIME MAGAZINE AS ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR "ONE HELLISHLY EXCITING RIDE."--Detroit Free Press The '50s are finished. Zealous young senator Robert Kennedy has a red-hot jones to nail Jimmy Hoffa. JFK has his eyes on the Oval Office. J. Edgar Hoover is swooping down on the Red... show more
CHOSEN BY TIME MAGAZINE AS ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR "ONE HELLISHLY EXCITING RIDE."--Detroit Free Press The '50s are finished. Zealous young senator Robert Kennedy has a red-hot jones to nail Jimmy Hoffa. JFK has his eyes on the Oval Office. J. Edgar Hoover is swooping down on the Red Menace. Howard Hughes is dodging subpoenas and digging up Kennedy dirt. And Castro is mopping up the bloody aftermath of his new communist nation. "HARD-BITTEN. . . INGENIOUS. . . ELLROY SEGUES INTO POLITICAL INTRIGUE WITHOUT MISSING A BEAT."--The New York Times In the thick of it: FBI men Kemper Boyd and Ward Littell. They work every side of the street, jerking the chains of made men, street scum, and celebrities alike, while Pete Bondurant, ex-rogue cop, freelance enforcer, troubleshooter, and troublemaker, has the conscience to louse it all up. "VASTLY ENTERTAINING."--Los Angeles Times Mob bosses, politicos, snitches, psychos, fall guys, and femmes fatale. They're mixing up a molotov cocktail guaranteed to end the country's innocence with a bang. Dig that crazy beat: it's America's heart racing out of control. . . "A SUPREMELY CONTROLLED WORK OF ART."--The New York Times Book Review
Publish date: June 29th 2011
Pages no: 592
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Spy Thriller
Series: Underworld USA (#1)
American Tabloid is about bad men doing bad things to ensure that the history turns out just the way they want it to and they are not afraid of doing sordid, dreadful, despicable, immoral (if not often contradictory) things to shape up history to their vision. Theirs is not the glorious pages of the...
This totally works - and, as a JFK assassination buff (see my shelf), I loved it. It took awhile for the book to convince me, and some of it is certainly artificial -- I guess that's the noir element (which I dislike; hence, the missing star). But the characters are rich and believable - the Mob dia...
I've read AMERICAN TABLOID three times. It never disappoints. Bloody fantastic stuff. I'm going to re-read the follow up - the cold six thousand - having reminded myself of some of the stuff in AT. I'd forgotten how wonderfully Ward Littel reinvents himself during AT. You wanna read a great book the...