Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: RARA-AVIS Digest V4 #106 - Ellroy

From: Hugh Lessig (
Date: 24 Feb 2002

> Does anybody have a must-read suggestion for the second Ellroy I try?
> Marianne

My first introduction to Ellroy was his short stuff -- the Dick Contino stories, for example. I found him a little easier to take in short, machine-gun bursts. "Crime Wave" is a collection of his pieces that have run in GQ. Some Ellroy stuff is included in anthologies.

The book you're reading now, "American Tabloid," is still my personal favorite. Part of the reason, I suspect, is because I'm interested in that period of history.

Ellroy's style and dialogue do require a little work, although so does Shakespeare, and he's pretty good. (Noirish? Hardboiled? Hmmmm.)

 And as someone else suggested, The Black Dahlia is a more conventional read, and very, very good.

Hugh Lessig

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