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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Spring 2019

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The L.A. Quartet
The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, White Jazz
By (author): James Ellroy Introduction by: Tom Nolan
9781101908051 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary Jun 04, 2019
$54.00 CAD
Active 5.54 x 8.42 x 2.49 in 1416 pages Everyman's Library
Here in one volume is James Ellroy’s first great body of work, an epic re-envisioning of postwar Los Angeles—etched in red and black and film-noir grays.

The Black Dahlia depicts the secret infrastructure of L.A.’s most sensational murder case. A young cop morphs into obsessed lover and lust-crazed avenger. The Dahlia claims him. She is the deus ex machina of a boomtown in extremis. The cop’s rogue investigation is a one-way ticket to hell.

The Big Nowhere blends the crime novel and the political novel. It is winter, 1950—and the L.A. County Grand Jury is out to slam movieland Reds. It’s a reverential shuck—and the three cops assigned to the job are out to grab all the glory they can. A series of brutal sex killings intervenes, and the job goes all-the-way bad.

L.A. Confidential is the great novel of Los Angeles in the 1950s. Political corruption. Scandal-rag journalism. Bad racial juju and gangland wars. Six local stiffs slaughtered in an all-night hash house. The glorious and overreaching LAPD on an unprecedented scale.

White Jazz gives us the tortured confession of a corrupt cop going down for the count. He’s a slumlord, a killer, a parasitic exploiter. He’s a pawn in a series of police power plays and starting to see that he’s being had. He’s just met a woman. Thus, he’s determined to claw his way out of the horrifying world he’s created—and he’s determined to tell us everything.

The L.A. Quartet is a groundbreaking work of American popular fiction.

JAMES ELLROY: Ellroy has influenced a generation of crime writers and has elevated the genre of crime fiction time and again. Megan Abbott has said, “My first two books are really love songs to [Ellroy].” And the English author and critic Nicholas Blincoe has said, “Writers like James Ellroy only come along once a generation. His L.A. Quartet has been credited with redefining crime fiction. It’s not true. It redefined the novel.”

SALES TRACK: Ellroy’s backlist continues to sell 10,000 copies a year, and since BookScan has been tracking, he has sold over 650,000 copies.

INTRODUCER: Tom Nolan will pen the introduction. He is one of the most regarded critics of crime fiction today.

BEAUTIFUL PACKAGE: Everyman’s Library pursues the highest production standards, with classically designed books on acid-free cream-colored paper, full-cloth cases with two-color foil stamping, decorative endpapers, silk ribbon markers, European-style half-round spines, and striking jackets.

JAMES ELLROY was born in Los Angeles in 1948. He is the author of the Underworld U.S.A. TrilogyAmerican Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand, and Blood’s A Rover—and the L.A. Quartet novels, The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L. A. Confidential, and White Jazz. He lives in Colorado.

Author Residence: Denver, CO

Author Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

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“Ask me to name the best living novelist who’s fierce, brave, funny, scatalogical, beautiful, convoluted, and paranoid…and it becomes simple: James Ellroy.”—Stephen King

“One of the great American writers of our time.”—Todd Grimson, Los Angeles Times

“There has never been a writer like James Ellroy. Since the eighties, in novels such as L.A. Confidential and The Cold Six Thousand, he has been making real a secret world behind the official history of America, where bad girls mingle with very bad men, and the designs of murderers, cops, mobsters, movie stars, and politicians can be equally callous, equally deadly. He melds racial invective, street slang, hepcat jazz talk, junkie jive, and scandal-rag rants into prose of such controlled intensity that to enter it is to experience a vivid eyeball rush of recognition.”—Chris Harvey, The Telegraph (London)

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