‘Perfidia’ by James Ellroy
April 16, 2015
Perfidia takes place in Los Angeles right after World War II. Hopes for peace had been shattered by the attack on Pearl Harbor, and a war fever and racial hatred directed at Japanese-Americans griped Los Angeles.
The murder of a Japanese family brings together four investigators to solve a crime that becomes a political storm center.
William H. Parkers, a captain of the LAPD, is consumed with dubious ideology.
Sergeant Dudley Smith is a war profiteer, while Hideo Ashida is a police chemist and the only Japanese LAPD cop.
Lastly, Kay Lake is a 21 year old amateur looking for an adventure.
Ellroy takes the reader to the edge of the abyss and the precipice of America’s ascendance.