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Crime Wave : Reportage and Fiction from the Underside of L.A.
by James Ellroy




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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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Overview

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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  • ISBN-13: 9780375704710
  • ISBN-10: 037570471X
  • Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • Publish Date: January 1999
  • Page Count: 304
  • Dimensions: 8.02 x 5.22 x 0.73 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.57 pounds


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Review by Charles Wyrick

For those who can't get enough crime reporting from their local newspaper, God created James Ellroy. Whether it be fiction or prose,

no one writes better about violence and deviant behavior. In his newest book,

Crime Wave, the author writes about his usual suspects . . . I mean subjects

(i.e. sex, violence, and Los Angeles) as well as revisiting his own past. Part

reporting, part noir fiction, and part personal history, Crime Wave shows the

many sides to the writing of this fascinating man. Luckily not many authors can

claim James Ellroy's background. In 1957, a police detective informed the then

ten-year-old that his mother had been killed. To this day the murder stands

unsolved. Thus Crime Wave begins with three essays on unsolved murders, each

involving women (one being Ellroy's mother) and all occurring in L.A. In these

pieces Ellroy plays historical detective. He immerses himself in homicide files

to reconstruct the lives of the victims. In his writing, Ellroy faces the cruel

facts of violent crime and displays his untiring knowledge of L.A. police work

procedure. At times he sounds like the most hardened detective on the beat, which

is not too much of a stretch for this gifted literary chameleon. In addition to

nonfiction, Crime Wave includes three new stories that display the kind of

hard-boiled fiction for which Ellroy is best known. Fans of L.A. Confidential

will be happy to catch up with Danny Getchell, owner and operator of Hush Hush,

Hollywood's most salacious and vicious insider gossip rag. Elsewhere Ellroy digs

up some serious West Coast foul play through one of his favorite tinsel town

scenesters, the tough, accordion-squeezing loverboy, Dick Contino. These tales

deliver the goods on the city of angels. So if crime's your bag, lose your local

paper and check out James Ellroy.

Charles Wyrick plays guitar in the band Stella.

 

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