Re: RARA-AVIS: Still on early Ellroy

From: Patrick King (
Date: 12 Oct 2010

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    BROWN'S REQUIEM is his first novel. As career kick-offs go, it's a field goal. It's too close to his real life, all the golf course stuff. But I didn't know that when I read it. The discovery of the corpses in the Mexican hovel is a great creepy moment. That seemed real to me. Not implausible at all, except to the extent that any crime of that sort is surreal. I think perhaps surreal is a better term for Ellroy's over-the-top elements rather than implausible. Agatha Christi is implausible. Ellroy is surreal. I know the implausible when I see it too, and I run into it less in Ellroy than in most other modern crime writers.

    Patrick King

    --- On Tue, 10/12/10, Juri Nummelin <> wrote:

    From: Juri Nummelin <> Subject: RARA-AVIS: Still on early Ellroy To: Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 6:44 AM




    I think BROWN'S REQUIEM is an okay book, but it's too deep in the clichés

    and stereotypes of the typical private eye novel, even though there are some

    moments in which Ellroy tries to go for something new. As for KILLER ON THE

    ROAD, I'm sorry to say I haven't read it.

    I was thinking mainly about the Lloyd Hopkins trilogy. Some of the books are

    better, but - the titles escape me and I can't bother to look them up -

    there's always the feeling Ellroy just wanted to go over the top. I don't

    the same feeling from the LA Quartet, even though the books are full with

    grizzly and grotesque stuff.

    I can't go into the discussion over implausibility in crime fiction. Suffice

    to say: I know it when I see one.







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