|Pages/Publication Date:||590 / 2019|
A month after Pearl Harbor, a body is unearthed in L.A.'s Griffith Park. Although the cops tag it a routine dead-man job, it's actually an early-warning signal of chaos. The city is swarming with homegrown Nazis, Commies, and race racketeers, so maybe it's no surprise when there's a fire, a gold heist, and two dead cops in a dive off the jazz-club strip. Following Perfidia, this second installment in James Ellroy's ongoing Second L.A. Quartet is noir on an epic scale, chronicling the craziness that sweeps up corrupt cop Elmer Jackson, crime lab whiz Hideo Ashida, rogue Army Intelligence Dudley Smith, and defrocked Navy lieutenant Joan Conville, a war profiteer to her core.