James Ellroy

Ellroy is best known for the film adaptation of LA Confidential, the third instalment in his highly acclaimed LA Quartet. Spanning a decade from the late Forties onwards, these violent, compelling police procedurals are dense and dark, full of the corruption, racism and misogyny that apparently prevaded the Los Angeles force. It is a credit to his writing that the few redeeming qualities of his personally flawed anti-heroes still shine through. Before tackling the quartet, the author wrote various other crime novels, including three set in contemporary Los Angeles featuring the homicide detective Lloyd Hopkins. Ellroy has now tackled the Sixties in American Tabloid, the first in a new series. His latest book, My Dark Places, is a true account of the police investigation into the murder of his mother when he was ten. Earlier he fictionalised the incident in Clandestine.

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