This Storm

This Storm

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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A massive novel of World War II Los Angeles. The crowning work of an American master. It is January, 1942. Torrential rainstorms hit L.A. A body is unearthed in Griffith Park. The cops rate it a routine dead-man job. They're grievously wrong. It's a summons to misalliance and all the spoils of a brand-new war. Elmer Jackson is a corrupt Vice cop. He's a flesh peddler and a bagman for the L.A. Chief of Police. Hideo Ashida is a crime-lab whiz, caught up in the maelstrom of the Japanese internment. Dudley Smith is an LAPD hardnose working Army Intelligence. He's gone rogue and gone all-the-way Fascist. Joan Conville was born rogue. She's a defrocked Navy lieutenant and a war profiteer to her core. They've signed on for the dead-man job. They've got a hot date with History. They will fight their inner wars within The War with unstoppable fury.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2019.
ISBN: 9780525521730
Characteristics: 608 p.
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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jonathandh64
Feb 25, 2021

Ellroy is literary excellence. Alliteration galore. Always a wild ride, hilarious and frighteningly realistic characters.

Read it.

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djburns
Oct 03, 2019

I got maybe 10 pages in before quitting, though I checked half a dozen other later pages quickly.
Too much slang to read. Had to think what every second word meant. So no continuity for the story, no personalities to get involved with. Just... uninteresting slang.
No more elroy for me.

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