It's 1958. America is about to emerge into a bright new age - an age that will last until the 1,000 days of John F. Kennedy’s presidency.
Three men move beneath the glossy surface of power, men allied to the makers and shakers of the era.
Peter Bondurant, Howard Hughes’ right-hand man, Jimmy Hoffa’s hit man. Kemper Boyd, employed by J. Edgar Hoover to infiltrate the Kennedy clan. Ward Littell, a man seeking redemption in Bobby Kennedy’s drive against organised crime.
The festering discontent of the age that burns brightly in these men’s hearts will go into supernova as the Bay of Pigs ends in calamity, the mob clamours for payback, and 1,000 days end in brutal quietus in 1963.
©1995 James Ellroy (P)2015 Isis Publishing Ltd
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Ellroy delivers machine gun prose as his narrative has you switching your allegiance from one lowlife to the next with a cast packed with enough historical facts and figures to almost make you believe that you've uncovered a secret layer to perhaps the most influential period in modern American history. Goodfellas meets LA Confidential meets The West Wing. Epic Skank.
"Perfect narration of a near perfect novel"
American Tabloid is a monster of a novel written in a distinctive, and powerful, voice.
I loved the book when I first read it, but the audio version is just so much more fun. The narrator is absolutely on the money for every individual voice, and the overall tone of the whole work.
It's a superb performance, and even if you have read the book, I would recommend this without hesitation. It's a hell of a ride.
"Never a Dull Moment"
Don't let the length of this book put you off. It rips along without a single pause for breath. Violent and profane. Supremely enjoyable. My first James Ellroy experience. Dig the narrator. Dig the crazy Kennedy accents.
"Glad it's finished"
I think I was listening to a different book when I read the other reviews. I found the book to long, to many characters and very confusing. I didn't like the he said they said comments between Hover and Kemper etc. Give it a miss or prove me wrong.
Listened to two of James Ellroy books now ( Black Dahlia ) and don't think I will try any more.
Jeff Harding is one of my favourite readers and always gives a faultless performance.
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