The "great vulgarian" James Ellroy (the phrase is his own) is back with his latest, a 577-page "attack dog narrative" entitled THIS STORM. He claims an epiphany brought him to another stentorian staccato text that pushes the LA metropolitan cesspool further back in time and squarely in the gunsights of his own vision of WWII. As he notes:
"One cold rainy Saturday night, I was looking out my window and had a vision,” he says. “A bus full of forlorn-looking Japanese, handcuffed, driving up the snow-covered mountain pass in a U.S. Army transport bus, to the Manzanar internment camp. It just came to me—the second L.A. quartet—real-life and fictional characters from the original quartet and the Underworld USA trilogy, in L.A. during World War II as significantly younger people. I thought, ‘Now I know what I’m going to do for the next 14 years of my life.’”
Hang on to your heads, kiddies...