The hellish murder of a Japanese family summons three men and one woman. William H. Parker is a captain on the Los Angeles Police Department. Police officers and criminals are hard to tell apart in James Ellroy's novel to the opening of Ellroy's new novel, “Perfidia”: “There — Whalen's. Perfidia is a novel of astonishments. It is World War II as you have never seen it, and Los Angeles as James Ellroy has never written it before. Here, he gives us.


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So there's all that. Plenty of reasons to pass Perfidia up. But this is why you should read it.

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It's got style like your grandfather did back when he dudded up on a Saturday night in a zoot suit and chain. Because it's epic in its depth and evocation of an ugly time and an awful place that, with its sheen of youth and beauty, is too often made glossy and innocent in our memories.

And because in a book which leans heavily on a boxing motif, Ellroy writes like a great fighter works the ring. He bobs and he feints along the book's day timeline.

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The story rips along. The murder of an entire Japanese family posed to look like ritual suicide.

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Schemes within schemes within schemes. Edgar Hoover makes an appearance. So does Bette Davis. Ellroy mixes the real with the fictional and never james ellroy perfidia track of either.

Perfidia by James Ellroy review – crime fiction on a transcendental scale

At its black and dripping heart, Perfidia is a police procedural. Please tell me where you think the book was lacking.

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None of the major players seem that concerned about the war with the Japanese. All of them somehow immediately know that the war will be won and that there will future tension between America and Russia. You used to save that for when one had a definite edge on another, like J.


Edgar Hoover interrogating an underling, but it seemed like it happened on almost every page in this book.