Finally got around to reading The Cold Six Thousand nearly 8 years after reading American Tabloid. Spend the first 50 pages trying to remember the details from the previous novel.
James Ellroy's hyper-concise style is even more pronounced here than in American Tabloid or White Jazz and will probably bother some readers (my mum found it unreadable). I think the style matches the subject and didn't find it too much of a nuisance.
Overall, I liked American Tabloid better. Think the subject here is less interesting; surely the assassination of JFK beats that off Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy from a pure gossip point of view. The novel possesses less of a narrative drive than American Tabloid, so it slightly less of a page turner. Mind you, this is still a good read, just not as engrossing as American Tabloid....Continua