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Last updated: 7 december, 2009 - 12:42 GMT

James Ellroy

James Ellroy

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Harriett Gilbert and a studio audience talks to acclaimed American writer James Ellroy who for the last fifteen years has been working on a massive fictional chronical of 1960s America.

American Tabloid, the first of the three books, exposes the underbelly of a country on the threshold of Kennedy's golden age.

It follows three men close to the tentacles of power in a conspiracy with the Mafia that leads to the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba and the assassination of JFK in Dallas.

Brutally brilliant and profane the book bursts at the seams with crooked policemen, corrupt politicians, mobsters and hitmen all driven by a desire for power, money and the settling of old scores.

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