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James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His L. A. Quartet novels - "The Black Dahlia", "The Big Nowhere", "L. A. Confidential", & "White Jazz" - were international best-sellers. His novel "American Tabloid" was Time magazine's Novel of the Year for 1995; his memoir, "My Dark Places", was a "Time" Best Book of the Year & a "New Yorker Times" Notable Book for 1996. He lives in Kansas City. (Publisher Provided) James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles, California on March 4, 1948. His parents were divorced and he moved in with his father after his mother was murdered in 1958. The story of his mother's unsolved murder would become the basis for his 1996 nonfiction work entitled My Dark Places. He attended Fairfax High School, where he sent Nazi pamphlets to girls he liked and criticized JFK, while advocating the reinstatement of slavery. He was eventually expelled for preaching Nazism in his English class. He joined the army after his expulsion from school, but after realizing that he did not belong there, he faked a stutter and convinced the army psychologist that he was not mentally fit for combat. After three months, he received a dishonorable discharge and returned home. His father died soon thereafter. He was thrown in juvenile hall for stealing a steak from the local market. When he got out, his father's friend became his guardian, but by the age of eighteen, he was back on the streets. He was sleeping outside, stealing, drinking and experimenting with drugs. It wasn't long before he was thrown in jail for breaking into a vacant apartment. When he got out of jail, he started a job at an adult book store, his addictions growing progressively larger. He was misusing the drug Benzedrex, a sinus inhalent which nearly drove him to Schizophrenia and his drinking was ruining his health. He contracted pneumonia twice as well as a condition called post-alchohol brain syndrome. Fearing for his sanity, he joined AA, became sober and found a job as a golf caddy. At the age of 30, he wrote his first novel entitled Brown's Requiem, which was published in 1981. His other works include Clandestine, Blood on the Moon, Because the Night, Suicide Hill, Killer on the Road, and The Cold Six Thousand. His works The Black Dahlia and L. A. Confidential were adapted into feature films. Ellroy's title, Perfidia, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2014. 030i — biography from The Black Dahlia… (more)
The Black Dahlia 5,242 copies, 128 reviews
L. A. Confidential 3,281 copies, 36 reviews
American Tabloid 2,720 copies, 43 reviews
The Big Nowhere 1,897 copies, 22 reviews
The Cold Six Thousand 1,790 copies, 20 reviews
White Jazz 1,678 copies, 15 reviews
My Dark Places 1,543 copies, 16 reviews
Blood's a Rover 947 copies, 21 reviews
Clandestine 761 copies, 8 reviews
Brown's Requiem 678 copies, 14 reviews
Perfidia 624 copies, 25 reviews
Killer on the Road 585 copies, 7 reviews
Blood on the Moon 557 copies, 9 reviews
Hollywood Nocturnes 549 copies, 6 reviews
L.A. Noir 443 copies, 2 reviews
Destination: Morgue!: L.A. Tales 408 copies, 5 reviews
Because the Night 372 copies, 4 reviews
Suicide Hill 359 copies
The Best American Noir of the Century (Editor; Contributor) 339 copies, 6 reviews
This Storm 232 copies, 5 reviews
The Best American Mystery Stories 2002 (Editor & Introduction) 153 copies
The Best American Crime Writing 2005 (Editor) 114 copies, 1 review
Widespread Panic 103 copies, 3 reviews
Gedumpt 67 copies, 2 reviews
LAPD '53 58 copies, 1 review
Ricatto 38 copies, 2 reviews
Jungletown Jihad [SS] 19 copies, 1 review
Loco por Donna 13 copies
Millennium thriller 4 copies, 1 review
Cronaca nera 2 copies
Gravy Train 2 copies
High Darktown 2 copies
Tabloid 1 copy
Six Years 1 copy

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