Pinterest James Ellroy. When I got together bucks — which took a while — I went to the bank and withdrew it all in quarters, which I triple-wrapped in pillowcases to take to New York City and the huge public library on 42nd Street. For days on end I fed my quarters into a micro fiche machine as I researched every detail of her murder. I knew pretty quickly that I was on to something, and about halfway through writing the book I had an astonishing moment where the entirety of my later novel LA Confidential came to me in a flash: the breadth of LA in the s, the murders in a meat locker, scandal rag journalism, all of it. I realised then that I would go on and write the LA Quartet, and knew for the first time that whatever I could conceive I could execute. I had an astonishing moment where the entirety of my later novel LA Confidential came to me in a flash By the time The Black Dahlia was published in , I had actually started to make some good money and so hired my own independent publicist who organised a trans-country book tour.

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His first reaction upon hearing of her death was relief: he could now live with his father, whom he preferred. Nicknamed the "Black Dahlia," Short was a young woman murdered in , her body cut in half and discarded in Los Angeles, in a notorious and unsolved crime. Throughout his youth, Ellroy used Short as a surrogate for his conflicting emotions and desires. During his teens and 20s, he drank heavily and abused Benzedrex inhalers. I caddied right up to the sale of my fifth book.

He then goes on to say that he read works by Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. Ellroy followed these three novels with the Lloyd Hopkins Trilogy.

The novels are centered on Hopkins, a brilliant but disturbed LAPD robbery-homicide detective, and are set mainly in the s.

Writing style[ edit ] Hallmarks of his work include dense plotting and a relentlessly pessimistic —albeit moral —worldview. Confidential by more than one hundred pages.

Rather than removing any subplots, Ellroy abbreviated the novel by cutting every unnecessary word from every sentence, creating a unique style of prose. Quartet[ edit ] Main article: L. Quartet While his early novels earned him a cult following and notice among crime fiction buffs, Ellroy earned much greater success and critical acclaim with the L.

Confidential , and White Jazz. Its follow-up, The Cold Six Thousand , became a bestseller. Frank C. Information on the case can be forwarded to Detective Stoner either through the toll-free number, , or his e-mail address, detstoner earthlink. Future writings[ edit ] Ellroy is currently writing a "Second L.

Quartet" taking place during the Second World War , with some characters from the first L. The first book, Perfidia , was released on September 9, Ellroy dedicated Perfidia "To Lisa Stafford.

Early in January , Ellroy- possibly typing it himself- posted news on the website jamesellroy. Quartet [36] , The Underworld U. Trilogy, Volume II. Ellroy wrote about this investigation for The Hollywood Reporter in digital form on December 21, , and it also appeared in published form in the December 18th, issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. These books will leave you reamed, steamed and drycleaned, tie-dyed, swept to the side, true-blued, tattooed and bah fongooed.

For example, he told the New York Times , "I am a master of fiction. I am also the greatest crime novelist who ever lived. I am to the crime novel in specific what Tolstoy is to the Russian novel and what Beethoven is to music. When asked about his "right-wing tendencies," he told an interviewer, "Right-wing tendencies? I do that to fuck with people. I voted for Obama. But Obama is a deeper guy.

Kennedy was an appetite guy. He wanted pussy, hamburgers, booze. Jack did a lot of dope. Confidential, American Tabloid, and The Cold Six Thousand, have three disparate points of view through different characters, with chapters alternating between them. Ellroy has claimed that he is done writing noir crime novels. Confidential at the time of its release. Confidential, the movie, is the best thing that happened to me in my career that I had absolutely nothing to do with.

It was a fluke—and a wonderful one—and it is never going to happen again—a movie of that quality. Confidential, the movie: I go to a video store in Prairie Village, Kansas. The youngsters who work there know me as the guy who wrote L. They tell all the little old ladies who come in there to get their G-rated family flick.

Oh, what a wonderful, wonderful movie. I saw it four times. But listen, Granny: You love the movie. Did you go out and buy the book?


James Ellroy on The Black Dahlia – Guardian book club

Share via Email Sense of an ending … James Ellroy. It summarises my relationship with a young woman named Elizabeth Short. Betty Short lived from to Her life was unnotable up to the point of her death. She became canonised, dramatically misunderstood and celebrated solely due to the ghastly nature of her passing.


‘I knew pretty quickly I was on to something’: James Ellroy on writing The Black Dahlia

Can Bleichert and Blanchard bring in her killer before the case destroys them both? Some time around , my local bookstore owner pushed this on me. It took me a week to get through but it felt like spending a month in jail. The Black Dahlia was a game changer for me, a powerful book that made me see detective fiction in a different light.


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