This Storm

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The second novel in the second of Ellroy’s }L.A. Quartets{, following on from 2014’s }Perfidia{. Dudley Smith is an army captain at this point in the extensive, expansive Ellroy mythology, working as a force for Japanese internment in the aftermath of Pearl Harbour. Desire, racial tension and murder play out across an array of characters. ‘The master of American crime fiction’ }The Sunday Times{

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‘Ellroy writes with raw power ? undeniably one of the most influential crime writers of our time’ THE TIMES

‘a tangled fever-dream ? Ellroy offers a grandiose, Wagnerian vision of wartime LA’ SUNDAY TIMES
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A brilliant historical crime novel, set in Los Angeles and Mexico during the pulse-pounding aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

January, ’42. L.A. reels behind the shock of Pearl Harbor. Local Japanese are rounded up and slammed behind bars. Massive thunderstorms hit the city. A body is unearthed in Griffith Park.

The cops tag it a routine dead-man job. They’re wrong. It’s an early-warning signal of Chaos.

There’s a murderous fire and a gold heist exploding out of the past. There’s Fifth Column treason – at this moment, on American soil. There are homegrown Nazis, commies and race racketeers. There’s two dead cops in a dive off the jazz-club strip. And three men and one woman have a hot date with History.

Elmer Jackson is a corrupt Vice cop. He’s a flesh peddler and a bagman for the L.A. Chief of Police. Hideo Ashida is a crime-lab whiz, lashed by anti-Japanese rage. Dudley Smith is a PD hardnose working Army Intelligence. He’s gone rogue and gone all-the-way fascist. Joan Conville was born rogue. She’s a defrocked Navy lieutenant and a war profiteer to her core.

L.A., ’42. Homefront madness ascendant. Early-wartime inferno – This Storm is James Ellroy’s most audacious novel yet. It is by turns savage, tender, elegiac. It lays bare and celebrates crazed Americans of all stripes.
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‘Epic crime writing from a master’ DAILY MAIL

‘Ellroy is unique. There is nobody writing this way ? Nobody has done or is doing what he is doing’ BOOKMUNCH

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Weight 0.42 kg
Dimensions 20 × 13 × 13 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

590

Language

English

Edition

1st paperback ed

Dewey

813.6 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K