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American Tabloid by James Ellroy
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Mar 29, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery-crime, historical-fiction
Read in June, 2003 — I own a copy

The style of this book is identical to that of The Cold Six Thousand: a brutal and stylish noir take on Americana, mixing reality with Ellroy's own hoods and thugs. Ellroy appears most comfortable when writing about the darkest parts of human nature; if America was a rock, all the seedy characters in this novel are the things you'd find crawling under it. That being said, he's a master of the noir epic, and I can't imagine anyone better suited to tackle the subject of JFK's assassination in a way that's gripping and not clichéd. In his own words, Ellroy's goal is to "demythologize an era and build a new myth from the gutter to the stars." As with The Cold Six Thousand, I'd recommend American Tabloid to those interested in this era of American history.

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