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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
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The Black Dahlia 4,986 copies, 120 reviews
L. A. Confidential 3,128 copies, 35 reviews
American Tabloid 2,608 copies, 42 reviews
The Big Nowhere 1,800 copies, 17 reviews
The Cold Six Thousand 1,737 copies, 20 reviews
White Jazz 1,608 copies, 14 reviews
My Dark Places 1,497 copies, 16 reviews
Blood's a Rover 902 copies, 20 reviews
Clandestine 732 copies, 8 reviews
Brown's Requiem 656 copies, 12 reviews
Killer on the Road 566 copies, 6 reviews
Perfidia 565 copies, 25 reviews
Blood on the Moon 531 copies, 7 reviews
Hollywood Nocturnes 521 copies, 5 reviews
L.A. Noir 429 copies, 2 reviews
Destination: Morgue!: L.A. Tales 396 copies, 5 reviews
Because the Night 350 copies, 4 reviews
Suicide Hill 336 copies
The Best American Noir of the Century (Editor; Contributor) 310 copies, 6 reviews
This Storm 188 copies, 4 reviews
The Best American Mystery Stories 2002 (Editor & Introduction) 147 copies
The Best American Crime Writing 2005 (Editor) 112 copies, 1 review
Widespread Panic 66 copies, 3 reviews
Gedumpt 66 copies, 2 reviews
LAPD '53 50 copies, 1 review
Ricatto 36 copies, 2 reviews
The Black Dahlia 29 copies, 2 reviews
Jungletown Jihad [SS] 19 copies, 1 review
Loco por Donna 12 copies
Millennium thriller 3 copies, 1 review
Cronaca nera 2 copies
High Darktown 2 copies
Gravy Train 2 copies

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