Crime Wave by James Ellroy
Reportage and Fiction from the Underside of L.A.

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Los Angeles.  In no other city do sex, celebrity, money, and crime exert such an irresistible magnetic field.  And no writer has mapped that field with greater savagery and savvy than James Ellroy.  With this fever-hot collection of reportage and short fiction, he returns to his native habitat and portrays it as a smog-shrouded netherworld where"every third person is a peeper, prowler, pederast, or pimp."

From the scandal sheets of the 1950s to this morning's police blotter, Ellroy reopens true crimes and restores human dimensions to their victims.  Sublimely, he resurrects the rag Hush-Hush magazine.  And in a baroquely plotted novella of slaughter and corruption he enlists the forgotten luminaries of a lost Hollywood.  Shocking, mesmerizing, and written in prose as wounding as an ice pick, Crime Wave is Ellroy at his best.
 

About James Ellroy

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James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His L.A. quartet -- The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential and White Jazz -- were international bestsellers. American Tabloid was Time's Novel of the Year in 1995; his memoir My Dark Places was Time's Best Book and a New York Times Notable book for 1996. His novel The Cold Six Thousand was a New York Times Notable Book and Los Angeles Times Best Book for 2001. He lives on the coast of California.
 
Published January 1, 1999 by San Val. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Non-fiction

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Ellroy's obsessions--Tinseltown tabloid sleaze and his mother's murder--have fueled his writing and provided readers with countless indelible images, reams of trademark stuttergun prose and at least two killer books, L.A.

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The super-slick magazine and fashion tool GQ may seem like a strange place to find the writings of unapologetic former speed freak and panty-sniffer James Ellroy, a brilliant piece of admittedly damaged goods who has made a career of writing about highly concentrated, ragged-edge human ugliness.

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Entertainment Weekly

They bounce between fiction, memoir, and reporting, but they all ring with the beat of murder, drugs, L.A., and mayhem -- subjects that have been Ellroy's obsession since his mother's murder in 1958.

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