Tag Archives: James Ellroy

Clandestine [1980]

James Ellroy’s novels defy easy classification. There are a few early novels that fit nicely in a pigeon hole – the Lloyd Hopkins novels are serial killer procedurals, Brown’s Requiem is essentially “just” a hard-boiled detective yarn. But it’s not … Continue reading

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Spade and Archer [2009]

by Joe Gores

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hypermurder

In my presentation the other day I dropped in a reference to my old drinking pal Baudrillard. What I argued was that in “Fair Play” murder mysteries, there is a disconnection between the criminal act and the criminal reality. The … Continue reading

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Blood on the Moon [1984]

With James Ellroy’s first “Lloyd Hopkins” novel I return to a general ambivalence about artistic consumption recently. I was first alerted to James Ellroy by and Malcolm Craig, through a Dead Of Night demo conceived as an Ellroy story. White … Continue reading

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The Blue Hammer [1976]

In Dirty Secrets, Ben Seth Ezra talks about the trio of definitive hard-boiled authors, Hammett, Chandler and Ross Macdonald, so embarking as I am on a serious study of Hammett, I thought it’d be sensible to check out the dark … Continue reading

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Storm Front [2000]

Since I’m playing in a Dresden Files game, I thought I’d read the first Dresden Files book. I’m a fan of underworld/alternateworld fiction generally, and also a fan of hard-boiled and other detective fiction. This more-or-less did the numbers you … Continue reading

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LA Confidential [1990]

On a pretty off-hand recommendation from and I picked up a copy of White Jazz by James Ellroy a couple of months ago. It was brutal. Very brutal. The sum of human vices excluded from cameo appearances was minimal, and … Continue reading

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