By James Ellroy
James Ellroy is an American unique of the main profane order. The bestselling writer of the noir classics "L.A. Confidential," "The Black Dahlia," and "The chilly Six Thousand," he has been hailed by way of the "Los Angeles occasions" as "one of the simplest writers of our era." In his most up-to-date brief fiction, "Shakedown," he's as frenetically wicked as ever, minting an antihero who's a cad for the ages.
Meet Freddy Otash: corrupt cop became sleaze hustler, extortionist, pimp, and a precise old determine who made the Fifties journal "Confidential" the go-to resource for the sins of the wealthy and recognized. In his leading, Freddy raised hell, and within the pages of "Shakedown" he reveals himself in purgatory—literally—waiting for a move. Will he make it to heaven, or is his destiny trending south? Promised redemption if he confesses, Freddy writes a tell-all peopled by way of Hollywood greats like Liz Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, and Gary Cooper (to identify a few), who're as much as every type of improper. Threesomes, foursomes, men’s room misadventures—anything is going during this licentious world.
"Shakedown" explodes the postwar the USA of June and Ward Cleaver and breathes randy new lifestyles into the guy who whetted our nationwide urge for food for intercourse and scandal and whose loss of scruples makes today’s gossip tradition appear nearly blameless. What’s actual and what’s fiction? Ellroy’s no longer telling.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
James Ellroy is the writer of the groundbreaking Underworld united states Trilogy of novels—“American Tabloid,” “The chilly Six Thousand,” and “Blood’s a Rover.” His L.A. Quartet novels—“The Black Dahlia,” “The great Nowhere,” “L.A. Confidential,” and “White Jazz”—were overseas bestsellers. “My darkish Places,” his memoir, was once a “Time” most sensible ebook of the yr and a “New York occasions” awesome ebook in 1996. His novel “The chilly Six Thousand” was once a “New York occasions” remarkable publication and a “Los Angeles instances” top booklet for 2001. Ellroy lives in l. a..
PRAISE FOR “SHAKEDOWN”
Need paint peeled? pores and skin flensed? Zombies repelled? disclose the matter to Ellroy’s scabrous, excoriating glance in the back of the curtains of golden-era la and presto—solved. … most certainly no longer great, although if you happen to like your language salty sufficient to drift on with no ever hitting water, then this is often simply the item. —Kirkus Reviews
PRAISE FOR JAMES ELLROY
“Ellroy rips into American tradition like a chainsaw in an abattoir.” —Time
“Bold, electrifying. … Ellroy strips prose to its uncooked, glowing bone. … James Ellroy is an American unique, a worldly primitive as tender because the snick-snick! of a pump shotgun and as refined because the inevitable blast.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune
“Ellroy’s characters are drawn with a company brush, he has an outstanding line in flinty, sardonic discussion, and also you extraordinarily need to know how the whole lot goes to see within the end.” —The manhattan Times
“More than the other modern writer, Ellroy will get contained in the cranium of the sadistic psychopath. … a real original.” —Jonathan Kellerman