Score: 4
From 6 Ratings

The Hilliker Curse


  • Author: James Ellroy
  • Release Date : 2010-09-07
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • File Size: 2201483 Bytes


The legendary crime writer gives us a raw, brutally candid memoir—as high intensity and as riveting as any of his novels—about his obsessive search for “atonement in women.”The year was 1958. Jean Hilliker had divorced her fast-buck hustler husband and resurrected her maiden name. Her son, James, was ten years old. He hated and lusted after his mother and “summoned her dead.” She was murdered three months later.The Hilliker Curse is a predator’s confession, a treatise on guilt and on the power of malediction, and above all, a cri de cœur. James Ellroy unsparingly describes his shattered childhood, his delinquent teens, his writing life, his love affairs and marriages, his nervous breakdown, and the beginning of a relationship with an e...

The Hilliker Curse
Score: 3.5
From 5 Ratings

The Hilliker Curse


  • Author : James Ellroy
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2010-09-07
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307594327


The Hilliker Curse Book Description :

The legendary crime writer gives us a raw, brutally candid memoir—as high intensity and as riveting as any of his novels—about his obsessive search for “atonement in women.” The year was 1958. Jean Hilliker had divorced her fast-buck hustler husband and resurrected her maiden name. Her son, James, was ten years old. He hated and lusted after his mother and “summoned her dead.” She was murdered three months later. The Hilliker Curse is a predator’s confession, a treatise on guilt and on the power of malediction, and above all, a cri de cœur. James Ellroy unsparingly describes his shattered childhood, his delinquent teens, his writing life, his love affairs and marriages, his nervous breakdown, and the beginning of a relationship with an...

My Dark Places
Score: 4
From 12 Ratings

My Dark Places


  • Author : James Ellroy
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2009-09-23
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 0307488519


My Dark Places Book Description :

The internationally acclaimed author of the L.A. Quartet and The Underworld USA Trilogy, James Ellroy, presents another literary masterpiece, this time a true crime murder mystery about his own mother. In 1958 Jean Ellroy was murdered, her body dumped on a roadway in a seedy L.A. suburb. Her killer was never found, and the police dismissed her as a casualty of a cheap Saturday night. James Ellroy was ten when his mother died, and he spent the next thirty-six years running from her ghost and attempting to exorcize it through crime fiction. In 1994, Ellroy quit running. He went back to L.A., to find out the truth about his mother--and himself. In My Dark Places, our most uncompromising crime writer tells what happened when he teamed up with a brilliant...

Crime Wave
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Crime Wave


  • Author : James Ellroy
  • Publisher : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780375704710


Crime Wave Book Description :

A noir anthology presents short stories that reveal the dark underbelly of the City of Angels, as well as journalistic pieces examining true crimes...

L A  Confidential
Score: 5
From 3 Ratings

L A Confidential


  • Author : James Ellroy
  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
  • Release Date : 2013-01-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781455528745


L A Confidential Book Description :

L.A. Confidential is epic "noir", a crime novel of astonishing detail and scope written by the bestselling author of The Black Dahlia. A horrific mass murder invades the lives of victims and victimizers on both sides of the law. And three lawmen are caught in a deadly spiral, a nightmare that tests loyalty and courage, and offers no mercy, grants no survivors. (124,000 words)...

The Black Dahlia
Score: 3.5
From 55 Ratings

The Black Dahlia


  • Author : James Ellroy
  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
  • Release Date : 2008-08-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780446504461


The Black Dahlia Book Description :

The highly acclaimed novel based on America's most infamous unsolved murder case. Dive into 1940s Los Angeles as two cops spiral out of control in their hunt for The Black Dahlia's killer in this powerful thriller that is "brutal and at the same time believable" (New York Times). On January 15, 1947, the torture-ravished body of a beautiful young woman is found in a Los Angeles vacant lot. The victim makes headlines as the Black Dahlia -- and so begins the greatest manhunt in California history. Caught up in the investigation are Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard: Warrants Squad cops, friends, and rivals in love with the same woman. But both are obsessed with the Dahlia -- driven by dark needs to know everything about her past, to capture her killer,...

The Best American Noir of the Century
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Best American Noir of the Century


  • Author : James Ellroy
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780547577449


The Best American Noir of the Century Book Description :

Collects the best noir writing from 1910 to 2010, including works by James M. Cain, Joyce Carol Oates, Elmore Leonard, Dennis Lehane, Evan Hunter, Mickey Spillane, Patricia Highsmith, and William Gay....

James Ellroy

James Ellroy


  • Author : Jim Mancall
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2013-12-31
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780786433070


James Ellroy Book Description :

"This comprehensive guide to James Ellroy's work and life is arranged as an encyclopedia covering his entire career. It introduces new readers to his characters and plots, and provides experienced Ellroy fans and scholars with detailed analyses of the themes, motifs and stylistic innovations of his books"--...

The Cold Six Thousand
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Cold Six Thousand


  • Author : James Ellroy
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-06-22
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307798459


The Cold Six Thousand Book Description :

The internationally acclaimed author of the L.A. Quartet and The Underworld USA Trilogy, James Ellroy, presents another literary noir masterpiece of historical paranoia. In this savagely audacious novel, James Ellroy plants a pipe bomb under the America in the 1960s, lights the fuse, and watches the shrapnel fly. On November 22, 1963 three men converge in Dallas. Their job: to clean up the JFK hit’s loose ends and inconvenient witnesses. They are Wayne Tedrow, Jr., a Las Vegas cop with family ties to the lunatic right; Ward J. Littell, a defrocked FBI man turned underworld mouthpiece; and Pete Bondurant, a dope-runner and hit-man who serves as the mob’s emissary to the anti-Castro underground. It goes bad from there. For the next five years these...

White Jazz
Score: 3
From 9 Ratings

White Jazz


  • Author : James Ellroy
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-06-29
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307798428


White Jazz Book Description :

The internationally acclaimed author of the L.A. Quartet and The Underworld USA Trilogy, James Ellroy, presents another literary noir masterpiece of historical paranoia. Los Angeles, 1958. Killings, beatings, bribes, shakedowns--it's standard procedure for Lieutenant Dave Klein, LAPD. He's a slumlord, a bagman, an enforcer--a power in his own small corner of hell. Then the Feds announce a full-out investigation into local police corruption, and everything goes haywire. Klein's been hung out as bait, "a bad cop to draw the heat," and the heat's coming from all sides: from local politicians, from LAPD brass, from racketeers and drug kingpins--all of them hell-bent on keeping their own secrets hidden. For Klein, "forty-two and going on dead," it's dues ...

Suicide Hill

Suicide Hill


  • Author : James Ellroy
  • Publisher : Detective Sergeant Lloyd Hopki
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400095308


Suicide Hill Book Description :

Assigned as liaison officer to an FBI investigation into a series of ingenious bank robberies, LAPD homicide detective Lloyd Hopkins uncovers unsavory information about his sworn enemy, the commander of the Internal Affairs Division, Fred Gaffney. Reprint. 12,500 first printing....