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James Ellroy (1948 - )

Lifespan: 1948 -

Related: American literature - hardboiled crime fiction - detective fiction

The Black Dahlia (1987) - James Ellroy
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Of latter-day hardboiled novelists who regularly feature detective protagonists, the most prominent to write in an unmistakably noir mode is James Ellroy. In terms of character, plot, and worldview. [Sept 2006]


James Ellroy (born Lee Earle Ellroy on March 4, 1948 in Los Angeles, California) is an American writer.

He is one of the world's best-selling crime writers and essayists with a unique "telegraphic" writing style, which omits words other writers would consider necessary, and often features sentence fragments. His books are noted for their dark humor and depiction of American authoritarianism. Other hallmarks of his work include dense plotting and a relentlessly pessimistic worldview. Ellroy has sometimes been called the "Demon Dog of American crime fiction".--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James Ellroy

The Black Dahlia (1987) - James Ellroy

The Black Dahlia is a neo-noir novel by James Ellroy taking inspiration from the true story of the murder of Elizabeth Short. It is widely considered the book that elevated Ellroy out of typical genre writer status and with which he started to garner critical attention as a serious writer of literature. The Black Dahlia is the first book in Ellroy's L.A. Quartet, a cycle of novels set in 1940s and 1950s Hollywood, which is portrayed as a hotbed of corruption and depravity. The Quartet continues with The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz. The Black Dahlia is currently being filmed as a movie by director Brian DePalma.--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_Dahlia_%28novel%29 [Sept 2006]

See also: 1948 - 1987 - hardboiled crime fiction - noir - American literature

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