Re: RARA-AVIS: Ellroy

Anthony Smith (
Sun, 29 Mar 1998 10:13:06 -0600 > Ellroy's L.A. quartet (The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A.
> and White Jazz) are in my opinion of one piece and should be read as
> Since they are all quite dense, but decidedly superior to his earlier
> (although fascinating) work, I would suggest the stand alone AMERICAN
> which is not only his best work to date, but transcends the genre into
> literature.
Well, I am inclined to disagree with you about the Quartet. I think
because of the scope, they work as individual novels, even without reading
the whole thing in order or together. I read _White Jazz_ first before
going back to _Dahlia_, _LAC_, and _BN_. They are even spread out between
two publishers, Mysterious Press and Knopf. As for _American Tabloid_, it
is the first of a new trilogy, part two of which should be out in 99.

> If a shorter piece is in order, he has a collection of short stories
> Hollywood Nocturnes, which includes the amusing novella DICK CONTINO'S
Amusing, well, maybe. Lighter in tone, sure, but just as powerful with
language. It also includes previously published stories, older ones, but
it is a really spectacular book, including the GQ article about meeting
Dick Contino.

Anthony Smith
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