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Three men move beneath the glossy surface of power, men allied to the makers and shakers of the era.
Peter Bondurant, Howard Hughes’ right-hand man, Jimmy Hoffa’s hit man. Kemper Boyd, employed by J. Edgar Hoover to infiltrate the Kennedy clan. Ward Littell, a man seeking redemption in Bobby Kennedy’s drive against organised crime.
The festering discontent of the age that burns brightly in these men’s hearts will go into supernova as the Bay of Pigs ends in calamity, the mob clamours for payback, and 1,000 days end in brutal quietus in 1963.
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By Luke on 09-25-15
Ellroy delivers machine gun prose as his narrative has you switching your allegiance from one lowlife to the next with a cast packed with enough historical facts and figures to almost make you believe that you've uncovered a secret layer to perhaps the most influential period in modern American history. Goodfellas meets LA Confidential meets The West Wing. Epic Skank.
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By Allan MacDonald on 04-18-18
Brilliantly narrated hard-boiled fiction
A tale of bad men and dishonest deeds against a well-known historical backdrop. Some “celebrities” *were* harmed by the writing of this novel ;-) (or at least their legacy was!).
I wasn’t at all sure about the narrator at first, funnily enough, but his ability to perform all of the accents and somehow give the Kennedy brothers the same accent but different voices quickly had me won over. He suits the laconic style of Ellroy particularly well.
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