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

From: Al Guthrie (
Date: 12 Dec 2002

----- Original Message ----- From: "Mark Sullivan" <>

> 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?

Maybe he's such a damn good thief he hasn't been caught yet.


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