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.
“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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