Underworld USA (1)
By James Ellroy
Vintage, Paperback, 9780375727375, 592pp.
Publication Date: April 24, 2001
We are behind, and below, the scenes of JFK's presidential election, the Bay of Pigs, the assassination--in the underworld that connects Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, D.C. . . .
Where the CIA, the Mob, J. Edgar Hoover, Howard Hughes, Jimmy Hoffa, Cuban political exiles, and various loose cannons conspire in a covert anarchy . . .
Where the right drugs, the right amount of cash, the right murder, buys a moment of a man's loyalty . . .
Where three renegade law-enforcement officers--a former L.A. cop and two FBI agents--are shaping events with the virulence of their greed and hatred, riding full-blast shotgun into history. . . .
James Ellroy's trademark nothing-spared rendering of reality, blistering language, and relentless narrative pace are here in electrifying abundance, put to work in a novel as shocking and daring as anything he's written: a secret history that zeroes in on a time still shrouded in secrets and blows it wide open.
"A supremely controlled work of art." --The New York Times Book Review
"Hard-bitten. . . . Ingenious. . . . Ellroy segues into political intrigue without missing a beat." --The New York Times
"Vastly entertaining." --Los Angeles Times
"Compulsively readable. . . . Hard to forget." --Chicago Tribune