'ELLROY IS A UNIQUE VOICE IN AMERICAN FICTION' - JONATHAN KELLERMAN
On 21 June 1958, Geneva Hilliker Ellroy left her home in California. She was found strangled the next day. Her 10 year-old son James had been with her estranged husband all weekend and was informed of her death on his return. Her murderer was never found, but her death had an enduring legacy on her son - he spent his teen and early adult years as a wino, petty burglar and derelict.
Only later, through his obsession with crime fiction, triggered by his mother's murder, did Ellroy begin to delve into his past. Shortly after the publication of his ground-breaking novel WHITE JAZZ, he determined to return to Los Angeles and with the help of veteran detective Bill Stoner, attempt to solve the 38-year-old killing.
The result is one of the few classics of crime non-fiction and autobiography to appear in the last few decades; a hypnotic trip to America's underbelly and one man's tortured soul.
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"The outstanding American crime writer of his generation" ( Independent)
"A gripping and quite awesome form of literature" ( Express)
"Stunning...extraordinary" ( Observer)
"A tour de force of confessional writing" ( TLS)
"Ellroy proves that he is more than just a crime writer, he is one of the best and most important writers in America today" ( VOX)
America's greatest crime writer investigates his mother's murder
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Book Description 1997-06-05., 1997. Book Condition: New. Arrow. New edition. Paperback. Book: GOOD. 368pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1741682
Book Description ARROW, 1997. Book Condition: Neu. Neu - An investigation into the murder of crime writer, James Ellroy's mother. She was murdered in 1958 and the case was never solved, leaving her son to embark on years of petty crime and drinking. Only later, as a writer, did he begin to delve into his past and set out to solve the mystery. Englisch. Bookseller Inventory # INF1000104195
Book Description Arrow/Children's (a Division of Random House, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0099549611