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James Ellroy

USA flag (b.1948)

James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. He is the author of the acclaimed LA Quartet, The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, LA Confidential and White Jazz, as well as the Underworld USA trilogy: American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand and Blood's a Rover. He is the author of one work of non-fiction, The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women.

Genres: Mystery, Historical Mystery
   Brown's Requiem (1981)
   Clandestine (1984)
   Killer On the Road (1986)
     aka Silent Terror
   Widespread Panic (2021)
   Dick Contino's Blues (1982)
     aka Hollywood Nocturnes
   Crime Wave (1999)
   Destination: Morgue (2004)
Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
   My Dark Places (1996)
   The Hilliker Curse (2010)
   LAPD '53 (2015) (with Los Angeles Police Museum)
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (1995) : American Tabloid

James Ellroy recommends
Muscle For The Wing (1988)
(Rene Shade, book 2)
Daniel Woodrell
"Daniel Woodrell is stone brilliant ... a bayou Dutch Leonard steeped in rich Louisiana language."
Box Nine (1992)
(Quinsigamond, book 1)
Jack O'Connell
"Hyper-real noir. A grotesque romance about genocide, language, bibliomania, doubt, obsession, worms, epidermis and sanctuary!"
Telling Lies (1992)
(Maggie MacGowen, book 1)
Wendy Hornsby
"Deft and moving... Telling Lies is sad, funny, genuinely big-hearted, and rendered with righteous snap."
Dead Folks' Blues (1992)
(Harry James Denton, book 1)
Steven Womack
"A deft, atmosphere-rich novel - smart, funny, and filled with a sense of wry heartbreak. Steven Womack's Nashville stands out - it is a beautifully drawn backdrop."
The River Sorrow (1994)
Craig Holden
"Brilliant... this is a book that oozes power."
Dog Eat Dog (1996)
Edward Bunker
"Edward Bunker is a true original of American letters. His ...books are criminal classics: novels about criminals, written by an ex-criminal, from the unregenerately criminal viewpoint."
Brand New Cherry Flavor (1996)
Todd Grimson
"The hippest writer in America today!"
Deal On Ice (1997)
(John Deal, book 4)
Les Standiford
"...kingpin of the South Florida crime novel."
Heartbreaker (1999)
Robert Ferrigno
"Dark... hilarious... with a wild sense of place."
Iguana Love (1999)
Vicki Hendricks
"... you wind up baying at the moon like a Florida coon dog."
Plainclothes Naked (2001)
(Manny Rupert, book 1)
Jerry Stahl
"Jerry Stahl is the American hipster bard."
Sleep Toward Heaven (2003)
Amanda Eyre Ward
"Women's death row as you have never seen it; hauntingly rich, wise and sharply etched. In prison parlace: a bonaroo first novel!"
Bangkok Eight (2003)
(Sonchai Jitpleecheep, book 1)
John Burdett
"Read this book, savor the language - it's the last and the most compelling word in thrillers."
Nightscape (2004)
David Morrell
"Grabs you by the short hairs of your soul and your brain and does not let go."
Dirty Sally (2004)
(Dan Reles, book 1)
Michael Simon
"Tough, dark and gritty."
The Killings of Stanley Ketchel (2005)
James Carlos Blake
"The Killings of Stanley Ketchel is a stunner. This is brilliant iconography, righteous Americans, and brutally powerful prose."
Black Water Rising (2009)
(Jay Porter , book 1)
Attica Locke
"Superlative... the best bad-town novel in some time..."
The Twelve (2009)
(Jack Lennon Investigation, book 1)
Stuart Neville
"The best first novel I have read in years."
Guilt By Association (2011)
(Rachel Knight, book 1)
Marcia Clark
"A damn, damn good thriller."
The Bad Always Die Twice (2011)
(Nikki Harper mystery, book 1)
Cheryl Crane
"Cheryl Crane has written a superb mystery: rich in milieu, deep in plot twists, constant in the exercise of suspense and surprise. This book is a veritable primer on why people read and love crime fiction."
Easy Money (2012)
(Stockholm , book 1)
Jens Lapidus
"At last an epic European thriller to rival Stieg Larsson books. It's an entirely new criminal world, beautifully rendered - and a wildly thrilling novel."
Blood on Snow (2015)
(Blood On Snow, book 1)
Jo Nesbø
"I am the world’s greatest living crime writer. [Jo Nesbø] is a man who is snapping at my heels like a rabid pit bull poised to take over my mantle when I dramatically pre-decease him."
Bull Mountain (2015)
(Bull Mountain, book 1)
Brian Panowich
"Bull Mountain is a stone gas and a stone winner! It s brother-versus-brother in the dope-damned South. This first novel has it all: moonshine, maryjane and mayhem! Read this book now and succumb to a startling new talent."
Green Sun (2018)
(Hanson, book 3)
Kent Anderson
"Kent Anderson has crafted a literary miracle here. We're transported to 'Nam and circa-'80 Oakland, reimagined as Hell, seen through the eyes of a crusading cop unique in the annals of police literature. This jazzy - and jazz influenced - novel is like the best of early Joseph Wambaugh."
Every Hidden Thing (2021)
Ted Flanagan
"This is a righteous, hard-charging, bell-ringing, mother-....... debut novel!!!!!"

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