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Hollywood Nocturnes (original 1994; edition 1994)

by James Ellroy

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Title:Hollywood Nocturnes
Authors:James Ellroy
Info:Dell Mystery (1995), Mass Market Paperback, 358 pages
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Ashamed to say, that this was my first foray into the dark world of Ellroy. It won't be the last. Not all the stories are classics (some could be left out altogether) and without a reread I would be hard pushed to name a favourite. If, like me, you're yet to read the long acclaimed master of L. A. Noir, this is as good as any place to start. ( )
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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.

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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.… (more)

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