It so happens that I did start with Black Dahlia but, yeah, Clandestine is one of the guy's best books. Just skip Vacchs. They are like Costco knock-offs of McGee or Parker.
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--- In email@example.com, "J.C. Hocking" <jchocking@...> wrote:
> 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.
I am a fan of the collection _Hollywood Nocturnes_:, which contains the great novella _Dick Contino's Blues_. I would also recommend _Clandestine_ as a good starter.
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