Re: RARA-AVIS: RE: Ellroy's "Cold Six Thousand"

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 03 Apr 2001

Dick wrote:

"I liked Ellroy's early novels, but of late they've seemed a bit confused and, ah, overly complex. This one takes a clean straight path through a forest of criminal and political obfuscation, real and fantasized. Like Hammett tidying up after Ludlum."

Damn, Dick, why'd you have to do that?

I'm like you, I liked the earlier books. I'm one of those rare people who actually preferred the Lloyd Hopkins books to the LA Quartet, not that I didn't like those also. However, I was somewhere between exasperated and bored with American Quartet. I found My Dark Places equally frustrating, some very interesting stuff hidden within a bunch of self-indulgence.

So I'd finally decided to stop reading him. And then you had to go and say that.


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