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Perfidia (Reprint) (Paperback) (James Ellroy)

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER AN NPR BEST BOOK OF THE YEARLos Angeles. December, 1941. America stands at the brink of World War II. War fever and racial hatred grip the city.The hellish murder of a Japanese family summons three men and one woman. LAPD captain William H. Parker is superbly gifted, corrosively ambitious, liquored-up, and consumed by dubious ideology. He is bitterly at odds with Sergeant Dudley Smith—Irish émigré, ex-IRA killer, fledgling war profiteer. Hideo Ashida is a police chemist and the only Japanese on the L.A. cop payroll. Kay Lake is a twenty-one-year-old dilettante looking for adventure. The investigation throws them together and rips them apart. The crime becomes a political storm center that brilliantly illuminates these four driven souls—comrades, rivals, lovers, history’s pawns.Here, Ellroy gives us the party at the edge of the abyss and the precipice of America’s ascendance.Perfidiais that moment, spellbindingly captured.
NATIONAL BESTSELLER
AN NPR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR


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 Department. He?s superbly gifted, corrosively ambitious, liquored-up, and consumed by dubious ideology. He is bitterly at odds with Sergeant Dudley Smith?Irish émigré, ex-IRA killer, fledgling war profiteer. Hideo Ashida is a police chemist and the only Japanese on the L.A. cop payroll. Kay Lake is a twenty-one-year-old dilettante looking for adventure. The investigation throws them together and rips them apart. The crime becomes a political storm center 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.


From the Hardcover edition.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 701
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: James Ellroy
Language: English
Street Date: July 7, 2015
TCIN: 17305006
UPC: 9780307946676
Item Number (DPCI): 247-18-9416
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