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?μπλακούν και οι τέσσερις στην έρευνα για την εξιχνίαση της υπόθεσης και θα βρεθούν στο επίκεντρο ενός πολιτικού κυκλώνα –σύντροφοι αντίπαλοι εραστές πιόνια της ΙστορίαςΜε το Perfidia ο Ellroy εγκαινιάζει τη δεύτερη Τετραλογία του Λος Άντζελες και αποτυπώνει μια στιγμή της Ιστορίας με συγκλονιστικό τρόπο Μας καλεί να εξιχνιάσουμε ένα μεγάλο έγκλημα που με τη σειρά του εξηγεί το έγκλημα του ίδιου του πολέμο 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 explode into rainbows often when I hear of a pending release but but but new James Ellroy Must Love Breeches (Must Love, one by Το καφενείο των τρελλών 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 When Science Fails of his catalog you know several players here Perfidia is a preuel It Looked Different on the Model: Epic Tales of Impending Shame and Infamy of sorts to his EUSKARA ADIBIDEZ 4 LEHEN HEZKUNTZA IKASLIBURUA JAKINTZAREN BIDEAK ARINDU BIZKARRA other series It begins just before the attack Studying the Novel on Pearl Harbor with the murder Quiéreme menos pero quiéreme bien (Volumen independiente) of a Japanese family in LA Throughout the investigation the story peels away layers to reveal corruption within the police force sympathies for Theories of International Politics and Zombies opposing forces and a lot L'amour foudre of bad language Ellroy doesn't write rainbows and unicornsThe Panjamon only problem I have with Ellroy's books is I have to go back and read the Filip - dječak bez imena others again to jar my memory One day I'll sit and have a good bingeAs much as I love books I don't explode into rainbows Los últimos caminos de Antonio Machado: De Collioure a Sevilla (F. COLECCION) often when I hear Astonishing X-Men of a pending release but but but new James Ellroy

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ώνων φέρνει κοντά τέσσερις διαφορετικούς ανθρώπους Ο αστυνόμος Γουίλιαμ Πάρκερ είναι χαρισματικός αλλά διαποτισμένος από αμφίβολες ιδεολογίες Συγκρούεται με τον διεφθαρμένο αρχιφύλακα Ντάντλεϊ Σμιθ Ιρλανδό μετανάστη και πρώην δολοφόνο του IRA Ο Χιντέο Ασίντα είναι ο μόνος Ιάπωνας στο Εγκληματολογικό της Αστυνομίας του Λος Άντζελες Η Κέι Λέικ είναι μια νέα διανοούμενη που αναζητά την περιπέτεια Θα ? 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 where everyone 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 devotee Kemper did a wonderful job at pointing out all the cracks in the Ellroy façade 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 eleven books gel together as one long as life uber novel Also knowing the fate of every character in the book removes a lot of the tension of wondering who the hell is going to manage to walk away from this book alive? 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Ένα συναρπαστικό αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα από τον μετρ του είδους 6 Δεκεμβρίου 1941 Ο B΄ Παγκόσμιος Πόλεμος μαίνεται στην Ευρώπη και οι τελευταίες ελπίδες των Αμερικανών για ειρήνη εξανεμίζονται –οι Ιάπωνες μόλις βομβάρδισαν το Περλ Χάρμπορ Το Λος Άντζελες παράδεισος έως τώρα για τους Αμερικανοϊάπωνες ξαφνικά κυριεύεται από πολεμικό πυρετό και ρατσιστικό μίσοςΗ σατανική δολοφονία μιας οικογένειας Ιαπ 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 the easiest 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 rug that sheds wool as though it is a creature in heat On my hands and knees I vacuum underneath the bookshelves — sucking up the fist sized tumbleweeds composed of the fur of two cats and two long haired dogs I navigate the twenty four chair legs under the dining table I scour the dreaded zone around the litter box for those pesky piss saturated particles that roll for miles I sweep the pizza crust crumbs off the kitchen counter have I really eaten that much pizza? and into the vacuum’s ravenous path I am slippery with sweat and have reached a natural stopping point as everything on this floor has been clearedI look from Perfidia to the vacuum Perfidia Vacuum DecisionI drag the vacuum to the base of the next staircase the dreaded carpeted staircase Each of its sixteen stairs reuires multiple passes each time using a different attachment No bristles Bristles For the edges For the flat surfaces I eventually reach the top My back aches I could wrap up the vacuum’s cord and call it uits Perfidia Vacuum DecisionI vacuum the top floor of the house The bathroom tiles which have been delicately laced with hair hair so long it could only be mine Under the nightstands Behind the headboard In the dark recesses of the closet Around the piles of books on the office floor I am exhausted My house has not been cleaner in weeks perhaps months The carpet looks two shades lighter Perfidia Vacuum DecisionI empty the vacuum's bag for the third time I have nearly filled a trash bag with the detritus I descend the two flights of stairs to the trash can in the garage I return to my new friend and gently lay it on its side before attacking the long fibers stuck in the bristles with scissors Later I set the vacuum upright and slowly wind the electrical cord around and around and aroundMy thoughts return to Perfidia Obscenely huge with its 691 pages Confusing with its large cast of characters and lack of explanation Staccato in its writing Crude and blunt Baffling popularityScrew Perfidia I start a load of laundry


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  1. says:

    “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 eventually 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 of 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 ex 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 is 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 enters the scene immediately with many people scheming on ways to profit from the war even 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 each other almost at whim is as dense and intricate as ever 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 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 For exampleview spoiler the idea that Dudley Smith is the father of Elizabeth Short the Black Dahlia is something that is pretty shocking and wasn’t even hinted at that I can recall in his previous appearances hide spoiler


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    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 the easiest 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 rug that sheds wool as though it is a creature in heat On my hands and knees I vacuum underneath the bookshelves — sucking up the fist sized tumbleweeds composed of the fur of two cats and two long haired dogs I navigate the twenty four chair legs under the dining table I scour the dreaded zone around the litter box for those pesky piss saturated particles that roll for miles I sweep the pizza crust crumbs off the kitchen counter have I really eaten that much pizza? and into the vacuum’s ravenous path I am slippery with sweat and have reached a natural stopping point as everything on this floor has been clearedI look from Perfidia to the vacuum Perfidia Vacuum DecisionI drag the vacuum to the base of the next staircase the dreaded carpeted staircase Each of its sixteen stairs reuires multiple passes each time using a different attachment No bristles Bristles For the edges For the flat surfaces I eventually reach the top My back aches I could wrap up the vacuum’s cord and call it uits Perfidia Vacuum DecisionI vacuum the top floor of the house The bathroom tiles which have been delicately laced with hair hair so long it could only be mine Under the nightstands Behind the headboard In the dark recesses of the closet Around the piles of books on the office floor I am exhausted My house has not been cleaner in weeks perhaps months The carpet looks two shades lighter Perfidia Vacuum DecisionI empty the vacuum's bag for the third time I have nearly filled a trash bag with the detritus I descend the two flights of stairs to the trash can in the garage I return to my new friend and gently lay it on its side before attacking the long fibers stuck in the bristles with scissors Later I set the vacuum upright and slowly wind the electrical cord around and around and aroundMy thoughts return to Perfidia Obscenely huge with its 691 pages Confusing with its large cast of characters and lack of explanation Staccato in its writing Crude and blunt Baffling popularityScrew Perfidia I start a load of laundry


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    I would think that since James Ellroy is one of my favorite living novelists that I’d check 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 maybe even 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 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 an eually magical pocket sized version of the machine What wondrous times we live in My lack of initiative to find out what exactly 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 even 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 leafed through the new tome in my hands and thought wow this is going to be awesome I saw the book ended with a list of characters and where else 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 dubious 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 excited 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 enough 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 Japanese cop has created a device to take pictures automatically of 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 with each 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 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 everywhere 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 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 Ellroy excels 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 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 the exemplar of the brutal Irish cop but there is also the humane side of him 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


  4. says:

    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 ellroy gobble me whole and crap me out do it do it do it it's awe inspiring what ellroy does here grabs tons of characters from his First LA uartet perfidia is book one of the Second LA uartet and Underworld USA Trilogy and throws 'em into his most densely plotted and highly charged environment yet doesn't get better so why not 5 stars? well ellroy's plotting is so dense brutal and bombastic that one simply feels pummeled it's exhilerating but a kind of 'diminishing returns' syndrome sets in whereby the reader simply cannot maintain the level of excitement and focus that ellroy demands it's a conunudrum the benzedrine and blood fueled mania creates an effect that a few nice n' easy moments would distrupt; however the reader just cannot maintain for 700 pgs of this stuff wo some nice n' easyTHANK YOU KAREN BRISSETTE Black Dahlia The Big Nowhere LA Confidential White Jazz American Tabloid The Cold Six Thousand Blood's A Rover


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    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 where everyone 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 devotee Kemper did a wonderful job at pointing out all the cracks in the Ellroy façade 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 eleven books gel together as one long as life uber novel Also knowing the fate of every character in the book removes a lot of the tension of wondering who the hell is going to manage to walk away from this book alive? For those not in the know Ellroy is most likely the originator of the literary trope of having one character empty an entire clip of a gun point blank into the head of 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


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    Where do I even 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 everything in order It is hard enough for the reader to keep up with all let alone the author I enjoyed the book although I felt it easily 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 he carries over into his later works Everyone has an angle 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


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    Big bold and uncompromising if you haven’t read Ellroy before this probably isn’t a good place to start His 'house style' uniue eclectic perhaps even eccentric full of police and other slang which he never deigns to explain 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 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 the earlier 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 earlier books later in terms of chronology abound and some of the opaue elements of The Black Dahlia and LA Confidential are explained the troubling sexless relationship between Kay Lake and Lee Blanchard while we get a shocking revelation about Elizabeth Short the Dahlia and spend uite a lot of time within the mind of Dudley Smith as well as hearing some of the events that have made him who he is I was uite unsure about the latter with its rather pat bad childhood psychopathic adult easy connectionDon’t come to this expecting a linear defined story Ellory’s characters are defined by slippery dialogue and contested actions rather than by what a minimal narrative expository voice might say about them and it helps if you’ve met them before in the earlier books set in the 1950s So this is the kind of book that I sometimes felt lost in but even when I had no idea what was happening it remains unputdownable A dense stubborn book which refuses to accommodate itself to a reader’s convenience Ellroy does my head in but in a good way


  8. says:

    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 explode into rainbows often when I hear of a pending release but but but new James Ellroy


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    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 disappointed if there aren’t references to his much less well regarded Lloyd Hopkins trilogy This is a preuel so younger versions of characters from both those series appear here And as a preuel it comes with the normal preuel problems if we’ve read the original uartet a certain amount of jeopardy and danger is removed as we know which of these characters have to survive; further why don’t the characters in the later set but earlier written novels mention anything about the events of this book? That’s the problem of writing a preuel in a shared universe so much is already set in concreteBut incredibly we have than just the usual – as Ellroy has given himself an elephant of a continuity problem by early on making clear that Elizabeth Short notable victim in the original LA uartet is the daughter of Dudley Smith the symbol of all roguish policemen in the same books Surely there’s no indication of that anywhere in the original uartet and it’s such a jarring link that one can only wonder why Ellroy thought it was a good idea It’s like the joke in the last Austin Powers film that Austin and Dr Evil are brothers but that joke done for real by Ian Fleming for James Bond and Blofeld in some lost novel after ‘You Only Live Twice’ Maybe it’s a decision that will work better later on in this new uartet but right now it feels like an author having a character he likes and just shoe horning her in any way he canIt’s December 1941 on the eve of and right after Pearl Harbour Two LA cops Dudley Smith and William Parker as well as police chemist Hideo Ashida find themselves investigating the brutal murder of a Japanese family and – this being Ellroy – dealing with the kind of personal demons which would fill an entire sub strata of hellThe fact that this is the second LA uartet suggests immediately that it’s closely related to ‘The Black Dahlia’ ‘LA Confidential’ ‘The Big Nowhere’ and ‘White Jazz’ than the other books That’s positive as it makes for a experience less hysterical and focused than those later novels It’s not as good a novel though as those in the original LA uartet as it’s still a bit hysterical and can probably be focused but it’s aiming for the same targets and hits a lot of the time If you like those books you’ll buy into thisJust a note though on the language Ellroy will argue that the reason there is so much racism and uestionable social attitudes in his work is that this is how his characters would have spoken what they would have believed I can accept that But then he’s clearly having so much fun with the racism and with the various anti homosexualanti womenanti ‘anyone who isn’t a red blooded white American male’ barbs insults and slurs that it mitigates his argument somewhat Can he really say that he’s just representing his character’s belief system when he’s clearly in love with the rhythm and pace he gets from using racial epithets in every other sentence? I can see why some people wouldn’t get too far into this book or into most other works by Ellroy for that matter; and I also know why people like me – who are well disposed to this type of fiction and to this author in particular – can enjoy it whilst still being made to feel a tad uncomfortable


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    Before I get into it all allow me to make a few statements for context; I have read every one of Elloy's novels My first exposure 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 every 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 still speaks to me in both style and substance This new work is part of a new uartet of novels that will link the LA uartet and the Underground Trilogy into one massive work that technically spans the years 1910 1972 and creates one whole body of work I applaud the level of detail and the eye that Ellroy has for the city of LA which he is undoubtedly the Noire Poet Laureate of If you are looking for a good old fashioned tale of dirty cops and the dirty deeds they do the look no further The main character of Perfidia is none other than the notorious Dudley Liam Smith who fans will recognize from his role in the LA uartet as being one of the most evil cops ever to wear a badge The story is pretty straightforward; Smith and a brilliant Japanese ME Hideo Ashida must solve a string of murders during the period of the attack on pearl harbor In fact the book takes place in real time from Dec 6th to Dec 29th Soon enough Smith and Ashida find themselves cavorting in a war torn racist and savagely immoral LA where cops historical figures and Hollywood starlets cross paths and indulge in a variety of self destructive behaviors as a shadowy remorseless conspiracy threatens to destroy anybody caught near in its bloody vortex Its vintage Ellroy replete with crackling dialogue and enough gore to satisfy his most jaded devotee So what's the problem you ask? Three major ones in my opinion The first one is Dudley Smith is a character beyond redemption and following his exploits is much like reading Killer on the Road only there is no release from the evil deeds that Smith perpetrates The idea of a it takes evil to beat evil wears thin and the attempts to humanize such a monstrous figure fall flat Secondly Ellroy is simply incapable of writing ethnic characters convincingly Ashida seems like a collection of CSI like devices to move the investigation forward instead of a real character Combine that with the over used trope of him being in the closet and you get a lukewarm version of something Ellroy has done before and much better in the form of Deputy Danny Upshaw from the Big Nowhere The fact that Ashida worships these bad white men and will do anything to stay in their world is a bit color blind but doesn't ring true in its execution Much like the way the Marshall Bowen character fails in Blood's a rover Ellroy's white world while entertaining for its banality is far too self conscious to explore the obvious racism of the time Characters just accept it and there roles thinking that their mere existence is the push back Lastly the other big character in the book is real life future chief of police William H Parker who Ellroy molds into a character that seems suitable to his world Frankly the characterization is so contrived and off the mark that those section are not only difficult to read they are nearly unbelievable But hey this is a work of fiction so that is a matter of taste and style I am sure that some will love this book and herald it as Ellroy's return to the genre he loves My problem is I've been sent this love letter by him before


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