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L.A. Confidential

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

My Review of Don Winslow's "The Force"

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

More James Ellroy than La La Land

Everybody who lives in Los Angeles seems to love it. I have yet to meet an exception. Even my cynical friends confess their undying attachment to it. 714 more words

Blogging 101

The Man Who Introduced Me To James Ellroy

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

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American Tabloid

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

Literature

All The Right Words - The Results So Far 

Well no-one left a vote or a comment under my last All The Right Words post, and I put a poll over on my twitter page and only two people voted. 116 more words

All The Right Words - Which One Next ? 

We have reached the end of The Ipcrress File blog posts last week, we have covered the book, flim and even a audio drama by the BBC. 333 more words