Perfidia (Hardback)
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Perfidia (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 11/09/2014
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This book was nominated for the Folio Prize. It is December 6, 1941. America stands at the brink of World War II. Last hopes for peace are shattered when Japanese squadrons bomb Pearl Harbor. Los Angeles has been a haven for loyal Japanese-Americans - but now, war fever and race hate grip the city and the Japanese internment begins. The hellish murder of a Japanese family summons three men and one woman. William H. Parker is a captain on the Los Angeles Police. He's superbly gifted, corrosively ambitious, liquored-up and consumed by dubious ideology. He is bitterly at odds with Sergeant Dudley Smith - Irish emigre, ex-IRA killer, fledgling war profiteer. Kay Lake is a 21-year-old dilettante looking for adventure. Hideo Ashida is a police chemist and the only Japanese on the L.A. cop payroll. The investigation throws them together and rips them apart. The crime becomes a political storm centre that brilliantly illuminates these four driven souls - comrades, rivals, lovers, history's pawns. 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 the party at the edge of the abyss and the precipice of America's ascendance. Perfidia is that moment, spellbindingly captured. It beckons us to solve a great crime that, in its turn, explicates the crime of war itself. It is a great American novel.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9780434020522

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19th May 2015
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“Perfidy at its most brutal...”

If you pick up Perfidia you had best be in for the long haul, it was all consuming and it just keeps going and going....and going. I was swept away by a world rife with corruption, obsession, desire and deeply... More

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15th May 2015
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“A difficult read”

This is the first book by this author which I have attempted to read. I found the style of writing stilted and the progression of the plot jerky, to the point where I struggled to read more than a few pages at a time.

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24th May 2015
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