The Cold Six Thousand by James Ellroy

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The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, White Jazz, American Tabloid... James Ellroy's high-velocity, best-selling novels have redefined noir for our age, propelling us within inches of the dark realities of America's recent history. Now, in The Cold Six Thousand, his most ambitious and explosive novel yet, he puts the whole of the 1960s under his blistering lens. The result is a work of fierce, epic fiction, a speedball through our most tumultuous time.
It begins in Dallas. November 22, 1963. The heart of the American Dream detonated.

Wayne Tedrow Jr., a young Vegas cop, arrives with a loathsome job to do. He's got $6,000 in cash and no idea that he is about to plunge into the cover-up conspiracy already brewing around Kennedy's assassination, no idea that this will mark the beginning of a hellish five-year ride through the private underbelly of public policy.

Ellroy's furiously paced narrative tracks Tedrow's ride: Dallas back to Vegas, with the Mob and Howard Hughes, south with the Klan and J. Edgar Hoover, shipping out to Vietnam and returning home, the bearer of white powder, plotting new deaths as 1968 approaches ...
Tedrow stands witness, as the icons of an iconic era mingle with cops, killers, hoods, and provocateurs. His story is ground zero in Ellroy's stunning vision: historical confluence as American Nightmare.

The Cold Six Thousand is a masterpiece.
 

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 22, 2011 by Vintage. 684 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Picking up roughly where American Tabloid (1995) left off, Ellroy’s big, ambitious new novel, bristling with violence, rockets through the 1960s naming names and weaving a terrifyingly believable tale of linked conspiracies in the three assassinations that shook America to the core.

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The Cold Six Thousand James Ellroy 711pp, Century, £16.99 Buy it at a discount at BOL Over 700 pages of stripped-down prose, repetitive riffs coming at you in sentences of threes, and the same incantatory rhythm throughout;

Apr 28 2001 | Read Full Review of The Cold Six Thousand

The Guardian

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The Cold Six Thousand James Ellroy Century £16.99, pp692 Buy it at a discount at BOL For a man often heard deploring the vacuous clichés of modern cinema, James Ellroy writes a worryingly inevitable sequel.

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AV Club

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Ellroy's reductive approach to language has rarely been put to better use than it is here, as he uses tight, hard-bop riffs to conjure a nightmare America enveloped ever more thoroughly in the darkness that ended Kennedy's Camelot—a darkness the author first spotted rolling in across the hills of...

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Entertainment Weekly

Ellroy leaves us with two haunting sequences: Littell, succumbing to despair, and Tedrow, making Daddy pay for the monster he's become.

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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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Austin Chronicle

It opens on the day JFK is killed, with Vegas cop Wayne Tedrow arriving in Dallas on orders to kill a black pimp who may or may not have something to do with the president's murder.

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