Re: RARA-AVIS: Ellroy, again

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 04 Jun 2001

Manuel posted this Ellroy quote:

"most especially, with 'American Tabloid' and 'The Cold Six Thousand.' Those are historical novels on a grand scale."

I've only glanced at the reviews of Cold Six Thousand, but even the positive reviews note that Ellroy has been very sloppy with period detail in his new book. Several have pointed out that Nicorette gum was not yet in existence at the time of the book. Shouldn't an "historical novelist" get the details right?


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