American Tabloid (Underworld USA Trilogy #1)

American Tabloid (Underworld USA Trilogy #1)

by James Ellroy

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375727375
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/2001
Series: Underworld USA Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 224,051
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. He is the author of the L.A. Quartet: The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz, and the Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy: American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand, and Blood’s A Rover. These seven novels have won numerous honors and were international best sellers. He is also the author of two collections, Crime Wave and Destination: Morgue! and two memoirs My Dark Places and The Hilliker Curse.  Ellroy currently lives in Denver, Colorado.

www.jamesellroy.net

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"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

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American Tabloid (American Underworld Trilogy #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Griff on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Gritty (as expected), absorbing, and with an interesting interplay with Kennedy presidential history. Excellent read. Highly recommended.
seventime on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Brutally over-written but somehow perfect.
kishields on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Fantastic, complicated thriller interpreting historical events through the eyes of a hardboiled crime novelist. Fast-paced, complex, extremely violent, and (unfortunately) all-too-believable. Takes a lot of nerve to depict powerful families and people in this way. One warning: try to keep track of the characters and their connections right from the beginning. There are so many and the crosses and double-crosses are so numerous you may need a crib sheet!
nigeyb on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I've read AMERICAN TABLOID three times. It never disappoints. Bloody fantastic stuff. I'm going to re-read the follow up - the cold six thousand - having reminded myself of some of the stuff in AT. I'd forgotten how wonderfully Ward Littel reinvents himself during AT. You wanna read a great book then this is the one for you .... JFK, RFK, J Edgar Hoover, Jimmy Hoffa, Sam Giancanna etc. rub shoulders with some truly great fictional creations. Just read it.
papskier on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Warning: After reading almost anything by James Ellroy, you will be compelled to read EVERYTHING by James Ellroy
jaimjane on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This was a brilliantly conceived and written book. It is one of my favorite Ellroy books.
sharv on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Ellroy's best, never equalled, not even by Ellroy himself. If you have a taste for crime, this book will spoil you. Few others are as entertaining and gritty as this one.
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Great book!!! Even better the second time around because Ellroy is a little hard to get used to. Very highly recommended! Also, if you enjoy Ellroy check out the L.A. quartet!!
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Syntax made this hard to get into. Thought since it got a good review on NPR it would be a good read. Found it hard to get innto and after 200 pages decided not worth the read and I rarely ever not finish a book.
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brools15 More than 1 year ago
A great read. AMERICAN TABLOID is the second novel I've read by James Ellroy and I can't wait for the next one to come in the mail. If you have a lengthy airplane flight, Ellroy's novels will make the trip seem short.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the more original books that I've read in a long time. Ellroy's vision of the times and events surrounding the assasination of John Kennedy make it a fascinating read. The dialogue is very colorful to say the least. I totally recommend this book, and plan to read the other two books in Ellroy's trilogy.
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