Widespread Panic, by James Ellroy (Penguin, 2022)

A corrupt cop-turned-PI seeks a murderer while scouring 1950s Hollywood for sleaze for the scandal sheets. While it teeters on the edge of parody Ellroyism at times, this is nevertheless swaggering stuff if you go with it. A minor work in the canon, perhaps, but fans will come away pleased.

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My own books are here, if that’s your thing. Newest is noir thriller East of England.

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