RE: RARA-AVIS: Reading suggestions--Ellroy

Gilbert, Len (
Mon, 30 Mar 1998 08:36:29 -0800 Although non-fiction, My Dark Places: An LA Crime Memoir is very
hardboiled. Also makes a good companion piece to the Black Dahlia.

Both are now in paper.


>From: Anthony Smith[]
>Sent: Saturday, 28 March, 1998 9:29 AM
>Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Reading suggestions
>> Finally, with all the Ellroy fans on the list, why not include one of
>> Many of us are interested, but have not yet taken the plunge. The title
>> should probably be left to those who know his work--maybe it's a question
>> of which title you Ellroy fans would be willing to reread.
>My favorite novel of all time is an Ellroy, _White Jazz_, which I think
>pushed the limits of language in a style I had never seen before. It's
>also in first person, which makes it a very personal story. After that, I
>think _American Tabloid_ was also one of the best books I've ever read.
>The style is still pushing it, but it definitely has a different spin. The
>earlier stuff was very good, but Ellroy broke all the rules and limits with
>_LA Con._ and on. Everything since then has been a feast.
>As far as putting them on the reading list, it takes me a LOOOONG time to
>get through an Ellroy book. I've read most of them and remember, though.
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