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James Ellroy

Wednesday 19th November 2014 - Starts 7pm


James Ellroy Crime Author LA Confidential Shoreham Ropetackle
James Ellroy Crime Author LA Confidential Shoreham Ropetackle

City Books Present: James Ellroy

James will be launching his new book Perfidia, chaired by Steven Gale.

Perfidia is an epic-length novel that will transpire within only 24 days – from December 6, 1941 through to New Year’s Eve. A crime novel, a war novel, and a historic romance, it will unfold in real time as two police officers, a Japanese-American forensic chemist and a young woman coerced into a cabal of Hollywood leftists work around the clock, while Los Angeles comports under night-time blackouts, war fever, and escalating racial tension spawned by the Pearl Harbor bombings.

Characters from Ellroy’s previous seven novels – including arch villain Dudley Smith, anti-hero of The Big Nowhere, White Jazz, and L.A. Confidential – will be joined by new characters, both real-life and fictional, in this grand drama of Los Angeles during the first month of America’s entry into the war.

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 most recent 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.