Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Ellroy - X-offender?

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 11 Dec 2002

Kerry wrote of Ellroy's criminal self-promotion (pun intended, I mean it both ways):

"Some of it goes to credibility, veracity. In the same way that Hammett's experience as a Pink contributed to the credibility of his stories (yes, they're fiction, but do they have the ring of truth?), Ellroy's experience as a lowlife contributes to the veracity of his stories."

So, to pick just one, Donald Westlake's work lacks veracity because he is "nothing but" a damn good writer?


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