Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Ellroy

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 21 Nov 2002

Has he written anything that isn't historical, Kevin? Which of his books would you recommend for someone not interested in his take on a famous unsolved murder from 1926?


"Kevin Burton Smith" <> wrote:
> Just to make it clear, I have read Ellroy. In fact, I've read most of
> his stuff, although I haven't read his latest (JFK conspiracy
> theories -- zzzzzzzzzz....). I think he's pompous and pretentious and
> too often takes a little boy's delight in offending people and acting
> out. I also think, at his best, he's one hell of a writer.
> Unfortunately, so does he.
> But don't let that stop you. Anyone interested in hard-boiled fiction
> should at least give him a try.
> As for mocking him, while, gee, any ego puffed up that big deserves a
> little prick now and then. And here at Rara-Avis we're just the
> pricks to do it.
> --
> Kevin Burton Smith
> The Thrilling Detective Web Site
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