Widespread Panic


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James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. He is the author of the acclaimed 'L.A. Quartet': The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential and White Jazz. His novel Blood's A Rover completes the magisterial 'Underworld USA Trilogy' - the first two volumes of which (American Tabloid and The Cold Six Thousand) were both Sunday Times bestsellers. His previous novel, This Storm, is the second instalment in Ellroy's 'Second L.A. Quartet'.


This 1950s standalone outing, told in a lacerating first person, represents the barely coherent confessions of a corrupt cop who has become an equally compromised private investigator for the scandal mag Confidential. Freddy Otash leads the reader through a Dante's Inferno reimagined as a sleazy Hollywood (with real-life figures galore - such as film star James Dean - all handled in scurrilous fashion) as he tracks down the killer of one of Kennedy's mistresses. Purgatory is rarely this much fun. * Financial Times *
James Ellroy is the king of macho noir. -- Laura Wilson * The Guardian *
Purgatory is rarely this much fun. * Financial Times *
A characteristically vigorous tour of his established territory ... Like drinking a pint of espresso. -- Sam Leith * Times Literary Supplement *
As an exercise in style, Widespread Panic is extraordinary... Ellroy's legion of fans will love it. -- Mark Sanderson * The Times *

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