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

From: Mark R. Harris (
Date: 04 May 2008

Michael, what was your take on The Cold Six Thousand? Many admirers of American Tabloid seem to have been a little disappointed in it.

On 5/4/08, Michael Sharp <> wrote:
> Mark is right. _American Tabloid_ is absolute genius, and the closest
> thing to an enduring work of art that anyone writing crime fiction
> produced in the late 20th century. That it's reviled by a significant
> number of people only makes me love it more. It is indeed unreadable at
> times. It's relentless in its tabloidy style. But the cumulative effect
> is astonishing.
> I don't see where it's my place to judge / talk about his so-called
> "mommy issues." I don't care. I care about his writing, and while I
> haven't loved it All, his best stuff puts most other writers (crime or
> non-crime writers) to shame. Daring, innovative, risky. The opposite of
> every damned pale imitation of Chandler that comes down the pike.
> mds

Mark R. Harris
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