American Tabloid (Underworld U.S.A., Book 1) by James Ellroy

By James Ellroy

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The '50s are comprehensive. Zealous younger senator Robert Kennedy has a red-hot jones to nail Jimmy Hoffa. JFK has his eyes at the Oval place of work. J. Edgar Hoover is swooping down at the pink risk. Howard Hughes is dodging subpoenas and digging up Kennedy dust. And Castro is mopping up the bloody aftermath of his new communist nation.
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In the thick of it: FBI males Kemper Boyd and Ward Littell. They paintings each aspect of the road, jerking the chains of made males, road scum, and celebrities alike, whereas Pete Bondurant, ex-rogue cop, freelance enforcer, troubleshooter, and troublemaker, has the moral sense to louse all of it up.
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Mob bosses, politicos, snitches, psychos, fall men, and femmes fatale. They're blending up a molotov cocktail certain to finish the country's innocence with a bang. Dig that loopy beat: it's America's middle racing uncontrolled. . . .
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He accepted the cup she poured out for him, but almost immediately put it down again upon the edge of the table. ‘I don’t like her being at Underhill,’ he said. ‘No, Mr. ’ The lift in her voice made a question of it. He said with emphasis, ‘I don’t like it at all. ’ ‘I don’t believe she does really. Part of the trouble is that she hasn’t got anywhere to go. The aunt who brought her up has just died. ’ ‘Yes, it is. And there doesn’t seem to be anything I can do about it. My parents are dead — the uncle with whom I work is a bachelor —’ He broke off with a sound of anger.

It was just that — well — my Cousin Louisa —’ Miss Silver said graciously, ‘You need be in no anxiety. ’ ‘I am going to tell you about something that happened more than five years ago. I was staying at a place called Eastcliff, and I had been out in a boat bird-watching — it’s a hobby of mine. There’s an island with a lot of gulls. I was coming back, making for the mainland, when I saw a girl halfway up the cliffs. She had been caught by the tide, and I could see that she was stuck. I called out and asked her if she could hold on whilst I got help.

Oh, my dear, I don’t know. There was no need — indeed there wasn’t. Olivia said he took money and my diamond spray, but I would have given him anything he wanted. He knew that. You see, Olivia doesn’t know everything. I have never told her — I’ve never told anyone. ’ The clasp on Candida’s wrist became desperate. ’ ‘I’ve never had a secret from her all my life, but she wouldn’t understand. She is so much cleverer than I am, and she has always told me what I ought to do. But clever people don’t always understand everything, do they?

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