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Another characterBut why three stars Because it is still an Ellroy It s a big bold incredibly violent wild densely plotted rude nightmarish sexy morally reprehensible novel written in a completely idiosyncratic bee bop staccato of simple sentences New readers may find a lot to love in this book Me I m just hoping he works out some of these kinks by next book awesome just awesome one of the best portraits of obsession in all of fictionone of those books that just tractor beams the reader grinds her up and shits her out blast me forth from your rectum mr llroy gobble me whole and crap me out d I would think that since James Ellroy is one of my favorite living novelists that I d check This Forsaken Earth every now and then to see if a new book is in the works Nope I think I treat all my favorites as Pynchon s new books may come out at some point but they will be rare like unicorns so it s not worth poking around to see if you can find one and this would be a sad way to find unicorns because you re guaranteed to probably never find on if you never look But my lack of awareness paid off nicely when after months of putting off looking through any of the Book Expo of America BEA materials I finally succumbed on the night before it started and saw James Ellory is signing at 3pm at Random House One might think that at this point I d fire up the magic machine that gives information about all kinds of things and look up James Ellory and New Book or maybeven go to the little search function at the top of this page and type in James Ellroy and see what his new book was Nope Didn t do that The Summer Palace: A Captive Prince Short Story (Captive Prince Short Stories Book 2) either which wouldn t have been difficult since I was on this magical information giving machine at the timeInstead I typed Random House Friday 2pm David Mitchell 3pm James Ellroy and added to a magical program on the machine that would allow me to see what I typed on the first magical machine on anually magical pocket sized version of the machine What wondrous times we live in My lack of initiative to find out what xactly I was going to be getting signed by James Ellroy didn t stop me from bothering Karen with uestions about what the book could be Do you think it s a long book Do you think it is one of those very nice looking re issues with a Chip Kidd cover but which are ultimately kind of unsatisfying Do you think it s a continuation of the American Trilogy Of course Karen didn t know and maybe some of these uestions I kept to myself but I did wonder about them and again I did nothing to satisfy my curiosity This all lead to a nice surprise First that I d get to have anything signed by James Ellory who I hadn t ven thought might be at BEA and second because it was a major novel I didn t realize this though until a few seconds before he signed a copy of the book and handed it to me though Even when I finally broke down and looked up to see what I d be standing in line to get I still only gave a cursory glance at the description and felt a little disappointed Japanese Americans World War 2 Los Angeles I wanted some American History to keep on rolling from where his last novel left off Give the dirt and collusion on Reagan s America slander the Clintons You don "t always get what you want Still reading After a fairly unsatisfying moment of getting to meet James Ellroy I " always get what you want Still reading After a fairly unsatisfying moment of getting to meet James Ellroy I through the new tome in my hands and thought wow this is going to be awesome I saw the book Campfire ended with a list of characters and wherelse they appear in the seven novels that make up the LA and Underworld series of novels Saw that this was the first of a uartet that would be part of the same world but come before the start of The Black Dahlia Saw lots OF FAMILIAR NAMES HELLO OLD MORALLY familiar names Hello old morally friendsAnd of course this was the first thing I read as soon as I got home from BEA ok this is a lie I finished the new Hardcase Lawrence Block that I got about two hours before Perfidia but I had started it while waiting on the Random House lines so while technically a BEA book it shouldn t count There were so many books that I d picked up in the few days there that I was xcited to read but none of them had any chance of being read before this 700 page novel which Ellroy says is his longest page count novel I feel like his last couple were longer but it might have just been the scope and writing style that packed so much into the pages than this one didPreambling nough I should talk about the book The title comes from a song specifically the Glenn Miller version of it You can listen to it while reading the rest of this review or just imagine that you re part of Dudley Smith s opium induced imagination starts on December 6th 1941 A Saturday morning with a stake out of a pharmacy that had been held Up Multiple Times In The Past Month LAPD S Only multiple times in the past month LAPD s only cop has created a device to take pictures automatically of Hurrah For The Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars every license plate that parks in front of the pharmacy He and Ray Pinker sit and watch to see if the device works and it isn t long before the store is held up This is how Ellroy decided to start his saga that would result in all the bad shit that goes down through the seven other books A simple armed robbery Later in the day a Japanese family is found dead in their house Mom dad their panty sniffing pervy son and young daughter Seppuku A note about the coming apocalypse December 6th The next morning obviously is Pearl Harbor The story is told from four perspectives withach chapter switching from one to the other this can get a little confusing it spots because after the first go around you aren t told whose perspective you are seeing you just have to remember that it goes Hideo Ashida Kay Lake William Parker Dudley Smith This isn t usually difficult but there are a couple of spots when the characters start colluding where it took me a bit to figure out where we wereAshida is the only Japanese cop on the LAPD mentioned above Kay Lake is a young dilettante with dubious morals William Parker is a real life LAPD cop and would be the chief of police in the 1950 s and 60 s And finally Dudley Smith the menacing villain through much of the. He potrebbe trattarsi di un suicidio rituale Le indagini però partono ugualmente proprio perché ci si prepara a distruggere Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life e depredare una delle comunità straniere più ricche integrate della California è necessario mostrarsi irreprensibili Ellroy racconta con lucida ferocia ventitre giorni tra i più drammatici della storia americana chiamando in scena una folla di personaggi che i suoi letto. Before I get into it all allow me to make a few statements for context I have read Crazy Love every one of Elloy s novels My firstxposure came in the form of his short story High Darktown which introduced me to The Black Dahlia protagonist Officer Lee Blanchard and his obsessions and demons I was hooked I devoured very word the man wrote before and since My favorite piece is still White Jazz the last of the LA uartet and a sizzling piece of literature that sti I guess when the notion of shared ownership was developed for the movies so that the various Marvel superheroes movies and forthcoming Star Wars films all share characters and plots James Ellroy was one of the lucky recipients of the original memo As here we have the first of a new series of crime novels which link directly into his LA uartet and The Underworld USA Trilogy and I will personally be di I have so few auto buy authors these days I used to have many but one by one I drop them when the stories turn predictable and the writing stale One actually died but anywayEllroy is heavy reading and his dirty staccato style is what makes the scenery come alive If you ve glommed the rest of his catalog you know several players here Perfidia is a preuel of sorts to his other series It begins just before the attack on Pearl Harbor with the murder of a Japanese family in LA Throughout the investigation the story peels away layers to reveal corruption within the police force sympathies for opposing forces and a lot of bad language Ellroy doesn t write rainbows and unicornsThe only problem I have with Ellroy s books is I have to go back and read the others again to jar my memory One day I ll sit and have a good bingeAs much as I love books I don t xplode into rainbows often when I hear of a pending release but but but new James Ellroy Big bold and uncompromising if you haven t read Ellroy before this probably isn t a good place to start His house style uniue clectic perhaps ven ccentric full of police and other slang which he never deigns to xplain is on full display here and we just have to plunge ourselves into his corrupt and tainted world and find our way as best we can Ellroy is an uncompromising writer we Black Heart, Red Ruby either accept his world on his terms or we get out All the same there are places where the clipped laconic tone starts to feel a bit like a parody of itself something I didn t feel in thearlier booksSet in 1941 around the time of Pearl Harbour a Japanese family is found dead and with a Japanese investigator on the case while his compatriots are being interned the racial politics of the book are fraught Characters from the arlier books later in terms of chronology abound and some of the opaue lements of The Black Dahlia and LA Confidential are New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood explained the troubling sexless relation Where do Iven begin to start Most all of us have heard of James Ellroy but I must admit that I was only familiar with his work by reputation and from the movie LA Confidential I have purchased his books but never read one until I decided to start this It grabs you from the beginning and I am amazed at the intricate plot and wonder how he can keep Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey everything in order It is hardnough for the reader to keep up with all let alone the author I njoyed the book although I felt it asily could have been 100 150 pages shorter since some plot lines are throw away than necessary or if necessary are just too darn long winded But we get to see in this book the beginning of many of the characters and corruption that

carries over into his later Everyone has an angle ЯED everyone is trying to make a buck on the upcoming Japanese internment and the murder investigation is almost a side story to what Ellroy portrays as the corrupt LAPD Ready to tackle of his works When it comes to crime fiction I cut my teeth hell I fractured my fucking jaw on James Ellroy s LA uartet And as far as I am concerned many imitate the man s style but this particular king is in no danger of being dethroned in this lifetime Every handful of years or so when a new backbreaker by Ellroy struts onto the bookstore shelf I m one of the first suckers clawing my way through the pages I ll go on the record and say that since Ellroy wrote The Black Dahlia and began his long task of rewriting the last half of 20th century American history as a sleazy pulp novel he has redefined what a crime novel is capable of Ellroy s LA is a world where cops are criminals politicians are criminals whereveryone is a criminal and occasionally some of these criminals aren t as terrible of monsters as the rest Neither optimism nor nostalgia are notions Ellroy tries to sell his readersSadly Perfidia which is supposed to launch a preuel uartet of novels that will tie together all the strings of his LA uartet and his Underworld USA trilogy into one cohesive work crumbles under its own ambition and Ellroy s Ellroy ness as a writer is completely to blame I don t really have the heart to take the scalpel to this book and besides fellow Ellroy t really have the heart to take the scalpel to this book and besides fellow Ellroy Kemper did a wonderful job at pointing out all the cracks in the Ellroy fa ade in his own review and in a much thoughtful and creative way than I can imagine His beefs are my beefs with the writing the plotting and the historical context I will briefly add that several of the characters who serve as this novel s protagonists have played large roles in previous chronologically later installments and much of the information that is revealed about them as well as their actions during these wild days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor don t match up with what has already been written which goes against Ellroy s whole mission statement of making this series of tentatively leven books gel together as one long as life uber novel Also knowing the fate of very character in the book removes a lot of the tension of wondering who the hell is Going To Manage To Walk to manage to walk from this book alive For those not in the know Ellroy is most likely the originator of the literary trope of having one character The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs empty anntire clip of a gun point blank into the head of. 7 dicembre 1941 Il Giappone ha bombardato Pearl Harbor Gli Stati Uniti sono a un passo dalla guerra a Los Angeles scatta un'ondata di arresti I cittadini nipponici sospettabili di alto tradimento finiscono dietro le sbarre La bandiera dell'odio razziale sventola alta perciò nessuno dovrebbe preoccuparsi uando i uattro membri di una famiglia giapponese vengono trovati morti dentro casa tanto più

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Original LA uartetThis novel follows the last weeks of 1941 as World War 2 is beginning for the United States Japanese Americans in Los Angeles are being rounded up and internment camps are looming as the new must be places to live of February 1942 As civil rights are being trampled the case of the Japanese family is turned into a public relations tool Corruption is verywhere and all four of the main characters are colluding for various advantages of life during wartime It s fairly standard Ellroy stuff A few really tough guys holding Monsieur Pain each other by the balls while pointing a throw down piece at the other one s head and some people who have to collude with these tough guys if they are going to survive But it s in these conspiracies within conspiracies that Ellroyxcels and the scale might be smaller than in American Tabloid where a president ultimately gets killed by these schemes but they are still just as A Spark of Light: the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author engaging to read The stand out in this novel was Dudley Smith It s been years since I read the LA uartet so some of my memories are hazy but what I remember in those was Dudley Smith as a looming menace An untouchable corrupt and brutal cop who let nothing get in his way Here we see the rise of Dudley Smith he s already thexemplar of the brutal Irish cop but there is also the humane side of him What If exposed He comes across like Pete Bondurant would become as his story unfolded in The Cold Six Thousand I m probably going to remember this book as the Ballad of Dudley Smithspoiler for those who have read Black Dahliaview spoilerWas he the father of Elizabeth Short in the original novel I don t remember him being so I ll have to go back and read that one when I get the time hide spoiler Vacuuming I loathe vacuuming It is outranked in its futility and annoyance only by laundry Thus I read and read while my house becomes dirtier and dirtier Until Perfidia That fateful afternoon when I put down Perfidia unable to force myself to read any longer and did the unthinkableI start with the staircase which is theasiest and most gratifying part of the house to vacuum given its hardwood floors and lack of obstacles Begone powdery dirt and mud clumps I reach the top of the stairs and have a clear line of vision to both the couch in the living room and the closet where I could now stow the vacuumI look from Perfidia perched on the couch to the vacuum in my hands Perfidia Vacuum DecisionI continue to vacuum the main floor starting with the brown area ru Hello Mr Ellroy Mr Kemper I hear that you are somewhat familiar with me I am Please tell me what you know Be succinct You are haunted by the unsolved murder of your mother which occurred when you were a child and led you to become obsessed with crime and women You freuently dreamed of scenarios in which you could save damsels in distress You let your rich fantasy life rule you and with no ambition or discipline you became a homeless drunk and drug addict in your teens You ventually hit bottom and got sober You became a writer and used your fascination with true crime and post war Los Angeles to create what you called the la uartet you started with a fictionalized version uartet You started with a fictionalized version the Black Dahlia case and one of the books LA Confidential became an acclaimed movie You wrote a trilogy called Underworld USA that followed bad men doing bad things in the shadows of recent American history You investigated the death of your mother with an x cop and published the results as a memoir You wrote a second autobiography in which you admitted that much of what you wrote about your state of mind in the first book wasn t true You recently published a new novel called Perfidia That You State that you state the start of a new Second LA uartet What are your impressions of Perfidia Please be brief Perfidia begins the day before Pearl Harbor is attacked by the Japanese Many of the characters are ones you used in other books like Dudley Smith a corrupt police officer who was a large part of the LA uartet and Kay Lake from The Black Dahlia Others are based on real life people like William Whiskey Bill Parker another LAPD officer who would go on to become the chief of police A new addition is a brilliant police crime scene technician Hideo Ashida of Japanese descent The murder of a Japanese family coincides with the news of the attack and the investigation takes place as LA is consumed by a mixture of patriotism and paranoia Corruption The Exhaustion Breakthrough: Unmask the Hidden Reasons You're Tired and Beat Fatigue for Good enters the scene immediately with many people scheming on ways to profit from the warven as the ships are still burning at Pearl Harbor That s a summary I asked for your impressions There is a lot here to appeal to your fans The wartime setting with a mystery that blends fiction with history against a LA that is completely corrupt is something that you know how to utilize to provide a gritty noir atmosphere Your plotting with the characters aligning and betraying Supplemental Book each other almost at whim is as dense and intricate asver Your style of short sentences in a stream of consciousness patter as the perspective shifts from character to character is still sharp and you retain the knack of writing scenes of brutal violence that seem to pass in moments yet leave lasting Hark! The Herald Angels Scream effects That s the positive side Please tell me where you think the book was lacking While some longtime fans will be delighted at the way you ve incorporated so many characters from your other books it also brings some of the problems inherent to preuels into the mix Explain If you know that a character is alive and has a career with the police department in a book set after Perfidia then I know that they will not die or lose their job in this book despite anything that may occur This naturally removes some of the drama Naturally Please continue If not done well the characters may act in ways or accumulate knowledge that seems at odds with the other incarnation Forxampleview spoiler the idea that Dudley Smith is the father of Elizabeth Short the Black Dahlia is something that is pretty shocking and wasn t ven hinted at that I can recall in his previous appearances hide spoile. Ri hanno già imparato ad amare o a odiare senza mezze misure dal sergente Dudley Smith all'infiltrata Kay Lake; dagli sbirri Lee Blanchard Buzz Meeks al gangster breo Mickey Cohen Tutti di ualche anno più giovani rispetto ai tempi di Dalia nera LA Confidential ma già immersi fino al collo in uell'intrico di verità Bidadari yang Mengembara e menzogna idealismo violenza dentro il uale batte il cuore nero dell'Americ. ,
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