Greville St Bookstore

James Ellroy’s Underworld Trilogy
October 24, 2009, 6:27 am
Filed under: Literature

bloods-a-roverBLOOD’S A ROVER
James Ellroy
pb $32.95

An alternative history of the USA exponentially more bitter and twisted than Don DeLillo’s Underworld; an underworld more monstrous and demented than Dante’s Inferno, James Ellroy’s Underworld USA trilogy is a wild ride!

Beginning in 1958 with American Tabloid, on to The Cold Six Thousand with America reeling in the aftermath of the JFK assassination, and culminating with Ellroy’s current volume Blood’s a Rover, those very BAAAAD BROTHERS we hate to love make their swan song appearance. It’s 1968. J Edgar Hoover, Howard “Drac” Hughes and The Mob are the unholy trinity. Nixon is their pawn. Those who work for them, with them and against them would be hard pressed to disentangle their bewitching mess of loyalties. They are stone cold killers, heroin smugglers, right wing, racist, damaged, self-destructive, window peepers, guilt consumed, lovers of women (or men clandestinely). The 1970s are upon them; the world is changing; the tide is turning; their days are numbered…

In his signature staccato style, and interspersed with spurious document and diary entries, Ellroy has written an apochryphal history of the mid-twentieth century. This is seriously crazy shee-it!!

also available:
american-tabloidAMERICAN TABLOID
pb $24.95

pb $24.95





—reviewed by Rata


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