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The Cold Six Thousand

Ellroy, James (Book - 2001 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Cold Six Thousand


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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, inThe 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 Thousandis a masterpiece.
Authors: Ellroy, James, 1948-
Title: The cold six thousand
Publisher: New York :, Knopf :, Distributed by Random House,, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 669 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 0679403922
Branch Call Number: Fiction
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  • KATHERINE ANN MCDONALD rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The staccato phrasing allows a lot of information to fly from the pages of this novel. It is violent. Even the erotic portions of the story are violent. There is some fictitious hocum dribbling through the fast paced action; however the Dallas portion of the story serves the historic Kennedy and the mob questions of conspiracy and the Warren Commission version of the assasination. Viet nam and the drug trade is a little bewildering. The King/equal rights Klu Klx Klan stuff was very interesting. The West Vegas, Howard Hughes,heroin trade, and the homosexual aspects of Vegas goes on a little too long A wild read; however, it takes some will power to stay with it. Every character in this novel is an antagonist so be prepared

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