RARA-AVIS: re: Sorry, more Ellroy

From: logan keith (keith) ( keith@globetrotter.net)
Date: 16 Dec 2007

mrt wrote:

> In Dick Contino's Blues he achieved a kind of classicism, a hardboiled style that did not
> overwhelm the reader.

I greatly appreciated the scope and intricacy of his LA trilogy, and liked the word play of White Jazz, but I agree that Dick Contino's Blues is Ellroy's finest moment. It seems like a distillation of all the themes he touched on in The Big Nowhere, Dahlia and other works, but in such a concise, compact, and well-crafted version. It is a magnificent novella all around.

Keith Logan

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