ANGELES — James Ellroy is returning to the scene of
his greatest literary success, the 1940s, in a new
agency, Sobel-Weber, said the lead title is "Perfidia"
and is coming in fall 2014 from Knopf.
hit the big time with his updated noir novels, "The
Black Dahlia," "The Big Nowhere,"
"L.A. Confidential" and "White
Jazz," also known as the L.A. Quartet. Set in 1940s
Los Angeles, the books started with classic Raymond
Chandler-style noir fiction and then loaded up on police
bigotry, brutal violence, sex, drugs — elements that
had been there all along but that Ellroy made explicit.
It worked because the depravity was delivered with
Ellroy’s signature style — tabloid-esque
alliteration, relentless pacing and thundering period
"White Jazz’s" publication in 1992, Ellroy
moved forward in time, and beyond the confines of Los
Angeles, with three other novels. He’s also written
two memoirs, "My Dark Places" and "The
he’s headed back to the 1940s in what he’s calling
the Second L.A. Quartet. In a statement, the author said
he plans to "take characters — both fictional and
real-life — from the first two extended bodies of work
and place them in Los Angeles during World War II — as
significantly younger people." He promised
"four 700-page hardcover novels that will span the
homefront breadth of the greatest worldwide event of the
from Ellroy’s previous novels scheduled to reappear as
younger versions of themselves include Kay Lake from
"The Black Dahlia," William H. Parker, the
real-life L.A. police reformer, and "L.A.
Confidential’s" villainous police officer Dudley
Smith, who in "Perfidia" is tangoing with film
star Bette Davis.