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It is December 6, 1941. America stands at the brink of World War II. Last hopes for peace are shattered when Japanese squadrons bomb Pearl Harbor. Los Angeles has been a haven for loyal Japanese-Americans - but now, war fever and race hate grip the city and the Japanese internment begins.

The hellish murder of a Japanese family summons three men and one woman. William H. Parker is a captain on the Los Angeles Police Department. He's superbly gifted, corrosively ambitious, liquored-up, and consumed by dubious ideology. He is bitterly at odds with Sergeant Dudley Smith - Irish emigre, ex-IRA killer, fledgling war profiteer. Hideo Ashida is a police chemist and the only Japanese on the L.A. cop payroll. Kay Lake is a 21-year-old dilettante looking for adventure. The investigation throws them together and rips them apart. The crime becomes a political storm center that brilliantly illuminates these four driven souls - comrades, rivals, lovers, history's pawns.

Perfidia is a novel of astonishments. It is World War II as you have never seen it, and Los Angeles as James Ellroy has never written it before. Here, he gives us the party at the edge of the abyss and the precipice of America's ascendance. Perfidiais that moment, spellbindingly captured. It beckons us to solve a great crime that, in its turn, explicates the crime of war itself. It is a great American novel.

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September 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: Perfidia
Author(s): James Ellroy
ISBN: 0-434-02052-4 / 978-0-434-02052-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann
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September 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: Perfidia: A novel
Author(s): James Ellroy
ISBN: 0-307-95699-7 / 978-0-307-95699-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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July 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Perfidia
Author(s): James Ellroy
ISBN: 0-307-94667-3 / 978-0-307-94667-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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April 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Perfidia
Author(s): James Ellroy
ISBN: 0-09-953775-3 / 978-0-09-953775-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Windmill Books
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April 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Perfidia
Author(s): James Ellroy
ISBN: 1-101-87299-3 / 978-1-101-87299-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House USA
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September 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Perfidia
Author(s): James Ellroy
ISBN: 0-434-02053-2 / 978-0-434-02053-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann
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April 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Perfidia
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April 2015 : UK Audio CD

Title: Perfidia
Author(s): James Ellroy
ISBN: 1-4450-5026-9 / 978-1-4450-5026-3 (UK edition)
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April 2015 : UK Audio CD

Title: Perfidia
Author(s): James Ellroy
ISBN: 1-4450-5027-7 / 978-1-4450-5027-0 (UK edition)
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September 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Perfidia: A novel
Author(s): James Ellroy
ISBN: 0-553-39926-8 / 978-0-553-39926-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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September 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Perfidia: A Novel
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Title: Perfidia: A Novel
Author(s): James Ellroy
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September 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Perfidia
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September 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Perfidia: A novel
Author(s): James Ellroy
Publisher: Vintage
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