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Hollywood Nocturnes (original 1994; edition 1994)
by James Ellroy
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385333285, Paperback)Set in Los Angeles from 1947 to 1959, Hollywood Nocturnes gives us an afterword and six stories set in the same crime-ridden, sex-crazed period of history of James Ellroy's L.A. Quartet novels (which include L.A. Confidential and The Big Nowhere).
Dig this: the swinging sax man's doing repos and plotting a kidnapping-of himself; a tommy gun is ripping apart windows, curtains, and bodies in High Darktown; a carhop at Scrivner's is keeping two extremely sweet sugar daddies, Howard Hughes and mobster Mickey Cohen, happy-until the scene turns murderous.
This is the hip-hop hard-edged world of L.A. 1950s style: cars with fins, Commies in closets, starmakers with come-ons, ex-cons with guns, and cops with mean streaks as wide as Sunset Strip.
James Ellroy's bizarre, stark tales dazzle us with their unexpected humor, raw brutality, and slightly lighter-than-usual noir realism. Hollywood Nocturnes is quintessential Ellroy: bluesy, black, and very, very hot.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:26:39 -0400)
A novella and five short stories set in the 1940s and 1950s. In Dick Contino's Blues, a honky tonk accordion player arranges to have a starlet and himself kidnaped in the hope of boosting his career, in High Darktown, a policeman pursues a criminal a the city joyfully celebrates the end of World War II.
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