Blood's a Rover by James Ellroy
(Underworld U.S.A.)

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America's master of noir delivers his masterpiece, a rip-roaring, devilishly wild ride through the bloody end of the 1960's. It's dark baby, and hot hot hot.
 
Martin Luther King assassinated. Robert Kennedy assassinated. Los Angeles, 1968. Conspiracies theories are taking hold. On the horizon looms the Democratic Convention in Chicago and constant gun fire peppers south L.A. Violence, greed, and grime, are replacing free-love and everybody from Howard Hughes, Richard Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover to the right-wing assassins and left-wing revolutionaries are getting dirty. At the center of it all is a triumvirate: the president’s strong-arm goon, an ex-cop and heroine runner, and a private eye whose quarry is so dangerous she could set off the whole powder keg. With his trademark deadly staccato prose, James Ellroy holds nothing back in this wild, startling and much anticipated conclusion to his Underworld USA trilogy.
 


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About James Ellroy

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James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His L.A. Quartet novels-The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz-were international best sellers. His novel American Tabloid was Time magazine's Best Book (fiction) of 1995; his memoir, My Dark Places, was a Time Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book for 1996. His novel The Cold Six Thousand was a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book for 2001. Ellroy lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published June 29, 2011 by Vintage. 658 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Ellroy calls this third leg of “The Underworld USA Trilogy” (American Tabloid, 1995, The Cold Six Thousand, 2001) an historical romance, but it’s also very much a gangster novel, a political novel, a tragic-comedy, a poignant love story—and remarkably entertaining no matter how you slice it.

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The Guardian

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The title of James Ellroy's latest novel is taken from AE Housman's poem "Reveille", a very English meditation on life's brevity.

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The Guardian

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James Ellroy often tells interviewers that he has no interest in current events, but even he seems to feel that the stars are in alignment for the publication of Blood's a Rover, the closing novel of his "Underworld USA" trilogy.

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Star Tribune

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Sharp, violent tale about corruption, politics and murder owes a debt to Dashiell Hammett.

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The Globe and Mail

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Edgar Hoover and Howard Hughes (here nicknamed "Dracula" because of his habit of taking regular blood transfusions) are major behind-the-scenes presences with occasional cameo parts in what reads like a hallucinatory synthesis of all the conspiracy theories you've ever read or watched on screen.

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AV Club

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James Ellroy wrote some decent crime novels in the first half of the ’80s, but his 1987 novel The Black Dahlia announced the beginning of a new phase chronicling the nightmare secret history of America.

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The Washington Post

James Ellroy's "Blood's a Rover" is the final volume in a massive, enormously complex trilogy of crime novels collectively titled "Underworld USA."

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The Telegraph

Boxes and arrows off at odd angles.” The unlikeliest people become co-conspirators, including Hoover’s legman Dwight Holly and the Left-wing activist Joan Klein: “Our goals,” she says, “are both inimical and fully synchronous.” Ellroy revels in the unholy alliances necessitated by his...

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Suite 101

With two other unsolved murders and racial tension rising, is this town still a safe haven?

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Reviewing the Evidence

The term 'major characters' is in itself something of a problem here given both the multiplicity of characters and the fact that in some ways the most memorable character of all - Joan Rosen Klein, to whom so much of the book leads - is not, in terms of the internal narrative given to her, a majo...

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Oregon Live

Back in 1995, at the outset of James Ellroy's "Underworld U.S.A.

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Las Vegas Review Journal

The long-awaited conclusion to James Ellroy’s Underworld USA trilogy, “Blood’s a Rover,” has arrived in bookstores.

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Austin Chronicle

trilogy (which began with 1995's American Tabloid and continued with 2001's The Cold Six Thousand), and it's far and above his most personal – at times almost cloyingly intimate – novel to date (excluding, of course, My Dark Places, his relentlessly downbeat nonfiction account of the search for h...

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Book Geeks

The world has moved on but Ellroy has not and although obstinance is a good Ellroy-esque trait, Blood’s A Rover at times resembles a tired parody of a great Ellroy.

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Broad Street Review

BY: Bob Ingram 01.30.2010 James Ellroy’s American dream is a high-definition nightmare of total political depravity that infects every character in his fiction, from preside...

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