For Ellroy, I'd start with The Black Dahlia, which which shows the author's obsessions and sweep while just hinting at the strange personal style his work would evolve toward. Some of the Ellory enthusiasts here will doubtless suggest reading an earlier book.
For Vachss, maybe Flood. I confess I never got too much out of that author's work.
From: Donald <email@example.com>
Sent: Tue, January 26, 2010 9:46:06 AM
Subject: RARA-AVIS: James Ellroy
For whatever reason, I've somehow been reading crime books for 35 years and have never read anything by James Ellroy or Andrew Vachss. Can anyone recommend to me where to start w/ either or both?
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