Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Street Kings (Is Ellroy Losing his Halo?)

Date: 03 May 2008

"I haven't read The Cold Six Thousand yet, but I thought American Tabloid was an instant classic of American literature (not just crime literature), and I don't think I'm alone in that."

I know many who agree with you, but I'm with Mario. American Tabloid, which, as a big fan, I rushed to buy in hardback (something I do with very few authors), totally put me off Ellroy. I felt it took what I once thought was so great about him and turned it into schtick. Had no interest at all in continuing on to the next, and can't imagine how many absolute raves any future book of his would have to get to make me even think about picking it up as a cheap used paperback.


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