Author James Ellroy

Author James Ellroy

Penguin Live, in collaboration with Southbank Centre, presents James Ellroy in conversation.

The Demon Dog of American Literature himself comes to London for the first time in five years to discuss his new novel.

This Storm is the second novel in Ellroy's Second ‘L.A. Quartet’ (following on from Perfidia in 2014 and featuring characters from the ‘L.A. Quartet’ and the ‘Underworld USA Trilogy’). A pulse-pounding historical crime novel set in a Los Angeles and Mexico gripped by war fever and racial hatred in the wake of Pearl Harbor.

James Ellroy, described by the Los Angeles Times Book Review as ‘one of the great American writers of our time', was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His ‘L.A. Quartet’ novels— The Black DahliaThe Big NowhereL.A. Confidential, and White Jazz—have won numerous awards and are international bestsellers. Several of his novels have been made into acclaimed films. His most recent novel, Perfidia, published in September 2014, is the first book in his ‘Second L.A. Quartet’. The design of this series is unprecedented; Ellroy takes characters from the original L.A. Quartet and the ‘Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy’ and places them in Los Angeles during World War II as significantly younger people.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from one of the great American writers of our time.

  • This Storm

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    'Ellroy writes with raw power … undeniably one of the most influential crime writers of our time' THE TIMES

    'a tangled fever-dream … Ellroy offers a grandiose, Wagnerian vision of wartime LA' SUNDAY TIMES
    A brilliant historical crime novel, set in Los Angeles and Mexico during the pulse-pounding aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

    January, ’42. L.A. reels behind the shock of Pearl Harbor. Local Japanese are rounded up and slammed behind bars. Massive thunderstorms hit the city. A body is unearthed in Griffith Park.

    The cops tag it a routine dead-man job. They’re wrong. It’s an early-warning signal of Chaos.

    There’s a murderous fire and a gold heist exploding out of the past. There’s Fifth Column treason – at this moment, on American soil. There are homegrown Nazis, commies and race racketeers. There’s two dead cops in a dive off the jazz-club strip. And three men and one woman have a hot date with History.

    Elmer Jackson is a corrupt Vice cop. He’s a flesh peddler and a bagman for the L.A. Chief of Police. Hideo Ashida is a crime-lab whiz, lashed by anti-Japanese rage. Dudley Smith is a PD hardnose working Army Intelligence. He’s gone rogue and gone all-the-way fascist. Joan Conville was born rogue. She’s a defrocked Navy lieutenant and a war profiteer to her core.

    L.A., ’42. Homefront madness ascendant. Early-wartime inferno – This Storm is James Ellroy’s most audacious novel yet. It is by turns savage, tender, elegiac. It lays bare and celebrates crazed Americans of all stripes.
    ‘Epic crime writing from a master’ DAILY MAIL

    ‘Ellroy is unique. There is nobody writing this way … Nobody has done or is doing what he is doing’ BOOKMUNCH

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