Blood's a Rover (Underworld USA #3)
Political noir as only James Ellroy can write it. The incendiary standalone sequel to American Tabloid and The Cold Six Thousand—a massive tale of corruption and retribution, conspiracy and cover-up.
It is summer, 1968. The country is exploding. We are running point with three men: a Klan-raised, Yale-educated FBI agent infiltrating black-militant groups at J. Edgar Hoover’
And that’s the message of James Ellroy's bloody and brilliant Underworld USA trilogy (American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand and Blood’s A Rover) summed up in one sentence. Here at the end, it’s all about remorse, radicals, revolution, rebellion, revenge and redemption. (To borrow some Ellroy-style alliteration.)
The book begins with a brief flashback to an armored car heist in 1964 that might have been planned by The Joker considering the body co...more
Whereas the first book deals largely with the JFK assassination and the lead-up to it (feeding into conspiracy theories and making the reader really think about w...more
Lecture exigeante comme d'habitude requise par cet Ellroy. Au bout de 50 pages (sur plus de 800) je me retrouve à faire un MindMap avec les 20 personnages principaux (du moment) ce n'est que le début.
Actuellement au alentour de la page 250, je me sens plus à l'aise avec les liens entre les différents groupe et ne confond plus les malf...more
According to Ellroy "America was never innocent," and its history was made by the shady and unheralded characters that inhabit the...more
The characters are complex, confused, torn apart and dark. The obsessions that dri...more
Weighing in at over 24 hours it is a very long audio (no surprise, as it is a 640 page book) and I found it very hard to get interested. Eventually, I did become interested in the story, but never to the point I'd say I really liked it. Ellroy plays fast and loose with history, which I suppose is part of his appeal. Many of...more
Three the Hard Way
James Ellroy Chats about Underworld USA
By John Hood
Dig. Mau Mau militants knocking off ghetto liquor stores. An unhinged J. Edgar Hoover heaving heavy over Archie Bell & the Drells. An FBI cut-out cutting everybody else outta the rad action. A holed-up Howard Hughes buying up Vegas and scarfing down nuclear-strength narco-cocktails. MLK shot dead. RFK ditto. Sirhan Sirhan and James Earl Ray on ice and spitting conspiracy.
First: Ellroy is a great American novelist. This trilogy is one of the towering feats of American literature since WWII. He is not merely a crime novelist, though he has incredibly used the genre as a vehicle to become a great American novelist. This trilogy says as much about America in our day as any single novel in the last fifty years. His craft is unsurpassed. He is a ventriloquist on par with Faulkner. When Sonny Liston is speaking, you never doubt that it's Sonny Liston. When J...more
Ho letto che alcuni non sono d'accordo ma secondo me "Il sangue è randagio" trova la sua connotazione, pressochè esclusiva, come seguito di "American Tabloid" e "Sei pezzi da mille", di cui ripropone pregi (tanti) e difetti (pochi): è quindi sconsigliabile a chi non abbia letto le prime due parti della trilogia e, a maggior ragione, a chi ne abbia abbandonato la lettura.
Di suo "Il sangue è randagio" vanta l'ambientazione molto suggestiva di una b...more
The hump sucked up fear and hate wholesale. He was a stone shit magnet.
After 1600 plus pages in the past three weeks, slumming in the netherworld of Ellroy's vision of American history my brain has fried itself on staccato prose, excessive violence and a belief that we are all rotten to the core. I feel complicit. I want a sap. A few throw-down pieces. I want to walk...more
Dwight Holly and Wayne Tedrow Jnr are back from The Cold Six Thousand, joined here by wannabe spot-tailer and obsessional "peeper" Donald Crutchfield. The men commit the most atrocious...more
In true Ellroy form, the punches don't stop.
Reading the self-proclaimed ``Demon dog of American crime fiction'' is an acquired taste, and once acquired, it can be addictive. His ``telegraphic'' prose style is relentlessly raw, staccato and at times eerily poetic:
'Bug work: Th...more
In contrast to Raymond Chandler's premise that "down these mean streets a man must go who is not himsel...more
It was never going to be easy. ‘American Tabloid’ focused on the assassination of JFK, while ‘The Cold Six Thousand’ built up to the deaths of RFK and Martin Luther King. And although the years after that were tumultuous and eventful ones in America’s history, there is no bi...more
Honestly, I thought this was the lesser of the three. I’m trying to figure out why: am I just...more