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Followed by ''Literature/ThisStorm''.


* BadassDecay: Dudley Smith is far from the unflappable, CrazyPrepared MagnificentBastard he was in the first L. A. Quartet; granted, these books are set much earlier so he might [[TookALevelInBadass grow into it yet.]]

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* BadassDecay: Dudley Smith is far from the unflappable, CrazyPrepared MagnificentBastard he was in the first L. A. Quartet; granted, these books are set much earlier so he might [[TookALevelInBadass grow into it yet.]]

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* {{Gayngst}}: Hideo spends much of the book tormenting himself over his sexuality.

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* FamilyMan: Dudley pretends to be one of these, what with his wife and four daughters. Except he almost never sees them (and the readers literally never do) and at one point he admits that he forgets his kids' names.


* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Preston Exley shows up, and is no less corrupt than he was in ''Literature/LAConfidetial''. He pitches an elaborate plan to profit off the internment of Japanese-Americans (Bill Parker manages to kill it) and his real estate scheme plays a role in the Watanabe murders.

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Preston Exley shows up, and is no less corrupt than he was in ''Literature/LAConfidetial''.''Literature/LAConfidential''. He pitches an elaborate plan to profit off the internment of Japanese-Americans (Bill Parker manages to kill it) and his real estate scheme plays a role in the Watanabe murders.

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Preston Exley shows up, and is no less corrupt than he was in ''Literature/LAConfidetial''. He pitches an elaborate plan to profit off the internment of Japanese-Americans (Bill Parker manages to kill it) and his real estate scheme plays a role in the Watanabe murders.

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* ExactWords: One night, in bed, Bette Davis sleepily tells Dudley "Kill a Jap for me," in reference to Dudley's forthcoming Army commission. So Dudley walks out onto the street, finds a Japanese man in a phone booth, says "This is for Bette Davis" and shoots him in the face.

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* TitleDrop: The song "Perfidia" is name-dropped a few times. The title of the book is partly a reference to the song and partly a reference to the Spanish word for perfidy.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Literally everyone in the novel refers to "Japs," which the 21st century regards as a terrible racial slur.

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* ThePeepingTom: Hideo's clever tripwire-activated camera plays a huge role in unraveling the book-spanning mystery. It's also his second version of the device - he created the first version in high school, when he used it to secretly take pictures of Bucky Bleichert in the gym showers.

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* SkewedPriorities: Almost everyone - including Kay, who's a willing participant in the endeavor - thinks Parker's plan to entrap local leftists is a silly waste of time in the middle of a war. Parker thinks he's just showing foresight - he (correctly) predicts that the US will beat Japan and Nazi Germany, and immediately turn to some kind of conflict with the Soviet Union. As it turns out, Parker's leftist operation [[spoiler: fails completely]].

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* FrameUp: From the moment the Watanabe murder scene is discovered, the LAPD brass is determined to pin the murder on a Japanese man, no matter what. Dudley dutifully executes that mandate, finds an appropriate AssholeVictim to arrest and charge and gets assistance from [[spoiler: Hideo]] in faking evidence.

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* AssholeVictim: Fujio. See the very next entry....
* AxCrazy: Fujio Shudo qualifies, which makes him the perfect scapegoat for the Watanabe murder.

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* BodyHorror: Dudley, Ace Kwan and Chen Lung consider a scheme to use plastic surgery to make rich Japanese citizens desperate to avoid internment look Chinese. They don't know if it'll work, so they drug a Japanese informant who's working for Dudley and cut into him. He wakes up screaming in the middle of the surgery. And eventually they decide the whole idea is silly anyway.

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