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Widespread Panic

(2021)
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From The Modern Master of Noir comes a novel about the malevolent monarch of the 1950s Hollywood underground--a tale of pervasive paranoia teeming with communist conspiracies, FBI finks, celebrity smut films, and strange bedfellows.

Freddy Otash is the man in the know and the man to know in 50s L.A. He operates with two simple rules -- he'll do anything but commit murder, and he'll never work with the commies.

Freddy is an ex-L.A. cop on the skids. He snuffed a cop killer in cold blood -- and it got to him bad. So Chief William H. Parker canned him. Now he's a sleazoid private eye, a shakedown artist, a pimp -- and, most notably, the head strongarm goon for Confidential magazine. Confidential presaged the idiot internet -- and delivered the dirt, the dish, the insidious ink and the scurrilous skank on the feckless foibles of misanthropic movie stars, sex-soiled socialites, and potzo
politicians. Freaky Freddy outs them all!

In Widespread Panic, we traverse the depths of 50s L.A. and dig on the inner workings of Confidential. You'll go to Burt Lancaster's lushly appointed torture den ... You'll groove overhyped legend James Dean as Freddy's chief stooge ... You'll be there for Freddy's ring-a-ding rendezvous with Liz Taylor ... You'll be front and center as Freddy anoints himself the "Tattle Tyrant Who Held Hollywood Hostage."

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

July 2021 : UK Hardback

Title: Widespread Panic: Freddy Otash Confesses
Author(s): James Ellroy
ISBN: 1-78515-257-2 / 978-1-78515-257-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann
Availability: Amazon UK   


June 2021 : USA Hardback
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Title: Widespread Panic: A novel
Author(s): James Ellroy
ISBN: 0-593-31934-6 / 978-0-593-31934-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

June 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: Widespread Panic: A Novel
Author(s): James Ellroy
ISBN: 0-593-41457-8 / 978-0-593-41457-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

June 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Widespread Panic: A Novel
Author(s): James Ellroy
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon   


Kindle Editions

June 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Widespread Panic: A novel
Author(s): James Ellroy
Publisher: Knopf
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA