Gus Sanchez's Reviews > American Tabloid

American Tabloid by James Ellroy
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
Apr 20, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites-you-should-read
Read from June 29 to October 24, 2010


Yeah. Wow.

This was my first James Ellroy novel, and he did not disappoint. On the contrary, I developed a major hard-on for his hard-assed prose, and his dark, morally ambiguous characters - gotta say Pete Bondurant is now one of my favorite fictional characters ever.

I won't bore you with the details or the plot behind "American Tabloid", the first in a trilogy of works sketching out the nefarious doings of those in power, but if you love fiction that's both hard-edged and replete with historical heavyweights - the Kennedys, J. Edgar Hoover, Howard Hughes, Sam Giancana, just to name a few - this novel was written for you. It does drag on a bit, and your patience and attention is greatly needed, but Ellroy pays off, in spades.

I loved this book so much I immediately began reading Ellroy's second part to this trilogy, "The Cold Six Thousand," just so I can see what kind of hinky shit Pete Bondurant and Ward Littell have gotten themselves into.

Most highly recommended.
5 likes · flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read American Tabloid.
Sign In »

Reading Progress

07/08/2010 page 135
show 4 hidden updates…

Comments (showing 1-3 of 3) (3 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

Steve Chaput You can't go wrong with James Ellroy as far as I'm concerned. I'd certainly check out White Jazz, if you haven't already. One of my favorites by him.

Actually had the opportunity to breifly meet & chat with him at a New York Is Book Country street festival, years ago. He and Lawrence Block had to be two of the most interesting and witty writers I met at that event.

message 2: by Gus (new) - rated it 5 stars

Gus Sanchez Thanks for the comment. Sadly, I've never read Ellroy; he's right now very high on my list of authors I will be reading very much in the near future.

Matthieu Digsville.

back to top