RARA-AVIS: Re: Hardboiled genealogy

From: Jacques Debierue ( matrxtech@yahoo.com)
Date: 07 Feb 2006

The Big Nowhere is the one I would keep (and place a bet on its longevity in the minds of fans). Of course, since it's become part of "the quartet", probably all four will be read as a set. But the quality peaks in The Big Nowhere, I think, as did Ellroy's creative run. I found White Jazz quite indigestible the second time around, and everything after that seems overcooked, aimless, uncomfortable for the reader without any compensation for it. I guess Ellroy didn't follow E.B. White's advice of working from a suitable design...



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