From the Publisher
Summer, 1968. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy are dead. The
assassination conspiracies have begun to unravel. A dirty-tricks
squad is getting ready to deploy at the Democratic Convention in
Chicago. Black militants are warring in southside L.A. The Feds are
concocting draconian countermeasures. And fate has placed three men
at the vortex of History.
Dwight Holly is J. Edgar Hoover's pet strong-arm goon, implementing
Hoover's racist designs and obsessed with a leftist shadow figure
named Joan Rosen Klein. Wayne Tedrow-ex-cop and heroin runner-is
building a mob gambling mecca in the Dominican Republic and quickly
becoming radicalized. Don Crutchfield is a window-peeping kid
private-eye within tantalizing reach of right-wing assassins,
left-wing revolutionaries and the powermongers of an incendiary
era. Their lives collide in pursuit of the Red Goddess Joan-and
each of them will pay "a dear and savage price to live
Political noir as only James Ellroy can write it-our recent past
razed and fully reconstructed-Blood's A Rover is a novel
of astonishing depth and scope, a massive tale of corruption and
retribution, of ideals at war and the extremity of love. It is the
largest and greatest work of fiction from an American master.
From the Jacket
"Ellroy concludes the scorching trilogy begun with 1995's
American Tabloid with a crushing bravura performance. As
ever, his sentences are gems of concision . . . It's impossible not
to read Blood's A Rover with a sense of awe . . . It's a
stunning and crazy book that could only have been written by the
premier lunatic of American letters."
-Publishers Weekly (starred)
"Ellroy calls this third leg of 'The Underworld USA Trilogy' 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 . . . You won't
easily put it down."
-Kirkus Reviews (starred)
About the Author
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.
About the Book
Political noir as only James Ellroy can write it. The incendiary
standalone sequel to "American Tabloid "and "The Cold Six
Thousand"--a massive tale of corruption and retribution, conspiracy
It is summer, 1968. The country is exploding. We are running point
with three men: a Klan-raised, Yale-educated FBI agent infiltrating
black-militant groups at J. Edgar Hoover's racist behest and
obsessed with a leftist shadow figure named Joan Rosen Klein. An
ex-cop and heroin runner paving the way for the mob's casinos in
the Dominican Republic. A young L.A. "wheelman" for divorce lawyers
within tantalizing reach of the men who killed the Kennedys and
Martin Luther King and took us to the threshold of Watergate. Their
lives collide in pursuit of the "Red Goddess Joan"--and they will
all pay "a dear and savage price to live History."
Once again James Ellroy razes and reconstructs our recent past.
"Blood's A Rover "is his largest and greatest work of fiction.
Published: June 10, 2011
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0679403930
ISBN - 13: 9780679403937