James Ellroy Talks 'Perfidia' — The First Book in His New LA Quartet
James Ellroy's LA Quartet is one of the most revered and consistently enjoyable series of crime fiction novels of the past fifty years. With the LA Quartet (composed of the books The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential and White Jazz), Ellroy created a vast world of crime, intertwining real-world figures, historical events, as well as rich fictional characters.
With that in mind, it's a little strange that there's not more excitement surrounding the fact that Ellroy is not only preparing to release a second L.A. Quartet, but the first volume in the series, entitled Perfidia, is due to be released in September.
In an otherwise cantankerous interview with Shortlist, Ellroy gives the rough outline of the new book:
I’m about to finish the first volume, called Perfidia – my biggest book – which will be published in Britain this fall. The new quartet takes characters both fictional and real, major and minor, from the first quartet and the trilogy, but places them in LA during the Second World War. It’s the month of Pearl Harbor, 6-29 December 1941. It seamlessly takes the quartet and trilogy, adds four novels, and makes my oeuvre as a historical novelist one inextricable 11-novel whole. And although the story is very much about the injustice of the internment of the Japanese – most of them innocent – let me say, and this is very un-PC, the f*cking internment was not the Holocaust or the Soviet Gulag.
Ellroy's previous novel, 2009's Blood's a Rover was classic Ellroy, and showed that the man still has the bile and fury of his previous books, even in his early sixties. If his track record is any indication, Perfidia's going to be one hell of a ride.
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