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The Cold Six Thousand

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The Cold Six Thousand is a 2001 novel by James Ellroy.

It begins on November 22, 1963, minutes after the John F. Kennedy assassination in Dallas, Texas, and continues for roughly five years. It is the sequel to Ellroy's American Tabloid, and continues many of the first novel's characters and plotlines. Specifically, it follows three rogue American law-enforcement officials and their involvement in the turmoil of the 1960s.

Ward Littell, former FBI agent turned high-powered Mafia lawyer, arrives in Dallas with J. Edgar Hoover's blessing to "manage" the investigation and ensure a consensus: Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. Pete Bondurant, Littell's best friend and partner, is a Mob soldier and veteran of the CIA's war against Fidel Castro and now the Mafia point-man for their Las Vegas operations. Wayne Tedrow, Jr., an Army veteran and Las Vegas cop, is paid six thousand dollars to fly to Dallas and murder a black pimp, and is instead thrust into the assassination's aftermath. As the tension over race relations and the Vietnam War builds and explodes throughout the decade, all three become involved in a single plot to kill two men: Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy.

Ellroy has stated in interviews that he is working on the sequel, currently titled Police Gazette. It is tentatively scheduled for 2005.de:Ein amerikanischer Albtraum

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