Re: ellroy Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: are authors the best judge of their work?

From: Patrick King (
Date: 29 Nov 2009

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    do you know that don crutchfield is a real person? i was very interested to find that out. he still is or at least was very similar to the young ellroy in ways tho.


    Yes, I read recently that Ellroy has stated Crutchfield was based on a boyhood friend who did become a private eye and is working in Los Angeles at present. I haven't found the actual Ellroy interview in which he states this, though. Anybody else have that? Where does fiction begin? Did he really go to Haiti and murder communists? Ellroy has been very forthcoming about his own addiction to voyeurism, breaking & entering, etc. In MY DARK PLACES he refers to that time in his life but doesn't mention any of his colleagues by name (probably a wise decision).

    Patrick King


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