James Ellroy

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James Ellroy

in Los Angeles, California, The United States
March 04, 1948


James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His L.A. Quartet novels—The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz—were international best sellers. His novel American Tabloid was Time magazine’s Best Book (fiction) of 1995; his memoir, My Dark Places, was a Time Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book for 1996. His novel The Cold Six Thousand was a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book for 2001. Ellroy lives in Los Angeles.

Ellroy is known for a "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 wor

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Ellroy, one of America’s greatest living crime writers, draws on the history of Los Angeles in his newest novel, Perfidia. Together with Walter Kirn, author of a recent riveting take on a Los Angeles cold case, Ellroy uncovers a corrupt city under the shadow of Pearl Harbor, where the i...

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The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quar...

3.74 avg rating — 58,323 ratings — published 1987 — 6 editions
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L.A. Confidential (L.A. Qua...

4.20 avg rating — 20,730 ratings — published 1990 — 69 editions
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American Tabloid (Underworl...

4.21 avg rating — 10,268 ratings — published 1995 — 52 editions
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The Big Nowhere (L.A. Quart...

4.11 avg rating — 9,328 ratings — published 1988 — 45 editions
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White Jazz (L.A. Quartet, #4)

3.94 avg rating — 5,667 ratings — published 1992 — 45 editions
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The Cold Six Thousand (Unde...

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My Dark Places

3.90 avg rating — 4,448 ratings — published 1996 — 34 editions
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Blood's a Rover (Underworld...

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Hollywood Nocturnes

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"His Favorite Historical Ripsnorters: Try some history that will blow your hair back in these picks from the noir stylist, whose new novel, Perfidia, is set in 1941 L.A." ...More

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“Anybody who doesn't know that politics is crime has got a few screws loose.”
James Ellroy

“America was never innocent. We popped our cherry on the boat over and looked back with no regrets. You can't ascribe our fall from grace to any single event or set of circumstances. You can't lose what you lacked at conception.”
James Ellroy

“To me, there's nothing on earth other than women. It's why I get out of bed every morning.”
James Ellroy
tags: women



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