James Ellroy (Blood's a Rover, 2009) returns with the first book in a second L.A. Quartet, set in Los Angeles during December 1941. A Japanese-American family has been found dead, possibly the victims of a ritual murder-suicide. A note left at the scene suggests that members of the Watanabe family may have had advance knowledge of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Leading the investigation into the crime are Captain William H. Parker and Sergeant Dudley Smith, along with crime scene specialist Hideo Ashida and Kay Lake, a 21-year-old dilettante looking for adventure. An astonishing and brilliant crime novel.