Dallas, 22nd November, 1963. Wayne Tedrow Jnr. has arrived to kill a man. The fee is $6,000. He finds himself in the middle of a cover-up following JFK's assassination. There follows a hellish five-year ride through the sordid underbelly of public policy via Las Vagas, Howard Hughes, Vietnam, CIA dope dealing, Cuba, sleazy showbiz, racism and the Klan.
This is the 1960s under Ellroy's blistering lens, the icons of the era mingled with cops, killers, hoods, and provocateurs. The Cold Six Thousand is historical confluence as American nightmare. Fierce, epic fiction. A masterpiece.