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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James Ellroy's hard-boiled detective fiction is like Raymond Chandler's with a darker post-modern edge. His heroes are almost as nasty as the scum they track through a sordid underworld. This non-fiction book is written in much the same style as his fiction, with his trademark staccato prose, his expletive-laden dialog, his air of worldly cynicism. Yet here Ellroy is writing of a real-life murder, that of his own mother, who was strangled to death in sensational film noir circumstances in 1958 when he was ten. Ellroy's memoir tells how he hired a retired police detective to help him investigate the never-solved crime. Ellroy gets to play a real private P.I. as the two follow various leads. They don't close the case, but the book reveals some of the demons that have fueled Ellroy's fiction.From the Publisher:
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Descripción 1997-06-05., 1997. Estado de conservación: New. Arrow. New edition. Paperback. Book: GOOD. 368pp. . Nº de ref. de la librería NF-1741682
Descripción ARROW, 1997. Estado de conservación: 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. Nº de ref. de la librería INF1000104195
Descripción Arrow/Children's (a Division of Random House, 1997. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0099549611
Descripción Arrow/Children's (a Division of Random House, 1997. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0099549611