vachss Re: RARA-AVIS: James Ellroy

From: sonny (
Date: 26 Jan 2010

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    i disagree about vachss. read the first 3 or 4 in the burke series (flood, as someone mentioned already, is the first). shella, a non series, is also worthy.

    --- On Tue, 1/26/10, James Michael Rogers <> wrote:

    From: James Michael Rogers <> Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: James Ellroy To: Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 1:41 PM

    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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    † From: jacquesdebierue
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    † Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: James Ellroy

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    † --- In, "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.

    † Best,

    † mrt

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