Jeffrey Hawkes's Reviews > Crime Wave: Reportage and Fiction from the Underside of L.A.

Crime Wave by James Ellroy
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Jan 12, 2010

it was ok
Read in January, 2009

James is really loose with reality in this book which is partially based on his mother's murder in 1950s Los Angeles; he careens in and out of factual events with tall tales of mobsters, entertainers, scandal sheet writers, women, dope and violence. It's gritty.

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