Crime Wave: Reportage and Fiction from the underside of LA

Author(s): James Ellroy

Popular Fiction | Essays

Los Angeles. In no other city do sex, celebrity, money, and crime exert such an irresistible magnetic field. And no writer has mapped that field with greater savagery and savvy than James Ellroy. With this fever-hot collection of reportage and short fiction, he returns to his native habitat and portrays it as a smog-shrouded netherworld where"every third person is a peeper, prowler, pederast, or pimp." From the scandal sheets of the 1950s to this morning's police blotter, Ellroy reopens true crimes and restores human dimensions to their victims. Sublimely, he resurrects the rag Hush-Hush magazine. And in a baroquely plotted novella of slaughter and corruption he enlists the forgotten luminaries of a lost Hollywood. Shocking, mesmerizing, and written in prose as wounding as an ice pick, Crime Wave is Ellroy at his best.

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Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780712680110
  • : Century (Random House)
  • : Century (Random House)
  • : February 1999
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : James Ellroy
  • : TP
  • : good
  • : 176