James Ellroy writes brutal crime-noir thrillers set in 1950’s Los Angeles. Dramatic, savage, soaked in gore and lust and slang, Ellroy’s books are both grimy realistic and flights of pure mythology. 386 more words
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It’s a thing now–books, movies, and TV shows that ask us to sympathize with, and even root for, dirty cops.
Of course, we’ve long been accustomed to characters like Dirty Harry, Martin Riggs and John Luther, fictional cops who broke the rules, but did so in the interest of justice. 344 more words
For the following piece we welcome back to the blog James Ellroy aficionado and all-round good guy Jason Carter. Here’s Jason’s bio:
Jason Carter is an unofficial Ellroy scholar with 20-years of Ellrovian tutelage under his belt. 1,665 more words
Prior to American Tabloid (1995) and the film adaptation of L.A. Confidential (itself a great novel), James Ellroy was a cult name. He’d written novels for quite some time, but he was one of those guys who always seemed to bark “back there,” on the edge of the mainstream — and to hate it and like it there. 131 more words