The second book in James Ellroy’s ‘LA Quartet’ series. A startling panorama of Los Angeles in the fifties. New Year’s Eve as 1949 turns to 1950, Los Angeles – The City of Angels has becomes the city of the Angel of Death. Communist witch-hunts and insanely violent killings are terrorising the community. Three men are plunged into a maelstrom of violence and deceit when their lives become inextricably linked as each one confronts his own personal darkness.