Noir. I can think of no better setting for an enjoyable noir novel than Hollywood during the 1950s. James Ellroy masters this setting and that era’s style in his novel titled, Widespread Panic. There’s dirt to mine on Jack Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Rock Hudson, and a host of other prominent figures of that time. The person to reveal all the secrets is protagonist Freddy Otash, a talented rogue. Freddy’s voice in Ellroy’s hands provides the perfect rhythm to draw readers into that special time and place.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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