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James Ellroy

USA (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
Dick Contino's Blues (1982)
     aka Hollywood Nocturnes
Crime Wave (1999)
Destination: Morgue (2004)
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Muscle For The Wing
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(Rene Shade, book 2)
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Box Nine (1992)
(Quinsigamond, book 1)
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"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
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)
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"Dark... hilarious... with a wild sense of place."

Iguana Love (1999)
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"... you wind up baying at the moon like a Florida coon dog."
Plainclothes Naked
Plainclothes Naked (2001)
(Manny Rupert, book 1)
Jerry Stahl
"Jerry Stahl is the American hipster bard."

Bangkok Eight (2002)
(Sonchai Jitpleecheep, book 1)
John Burdett
"Read this book, savor the language - it's the last and the most compelling word in thrillers."

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!"

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
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)
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)
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"A damn, damn good thriller."

The Bad Always Die Twice (2011)
(Nikki Harper mystery, book 1)
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Easy Money (2012)
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