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  • Published: 2 January 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099558880
  • Imprint: Windmill Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $19.99

Clandestine




A scintillating novel of sex and murder in 50s LA

1951 – Patrolman Frederick Underhill of the Los Angeles Police Department is an ambitious rookie with a dream to become the most celebrated detective of his time. He is also sexually promiscuous. His two drives are brought together by the slaying of Maggie Cadwallader, a lonely woman whom Underhill slept with shortly before her death.

Using his inside knowledge, Underhill discovers a likely suspect, and uses the information to buy himself on to the case which is being handled by LA’s most fearsome and most unscrupulous pursuer of murder: Lieutenant Dudley Smith. Soon Underhill is an accomplice to Smith’s ruthless interrogation techniques. But far from the celebrity he was hoping for, Underhill finds himself on the edge of the abyss, his whole life and future about to take a fall.

  • Pub date: 2 January 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099558880
  • Imprint: Windmill Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

James Ellroy

James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. He is the author of the acclaimed 'LA Quartet': The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, LA Confidential and White Jazz. His novel Blood's a Rover completes the magisterial 'Underworld USA Trilogy'– the first two volumes of which (American Tabloid and The Cold Six Thousand) were both Sunday Times bestsellers. His most recent novel, Perfidia, is the first instalment in Ellroy's second 'L.A. Quartet'.

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Praise for Clandestine

“One of the most original and daring writers alive”

Independent on Sunday

“The most distinctive crime writer of his generation”

Sunday Times

“Ellroy is a unique voice in American fiction”

Jonathan Kellerman

“One of the most important popular fiction writers in America, whose best books take their readers to the darkest places of the human condition - a Tinseltown Dostoevsky”

Time Out


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