James Ellroy

Author of L.A. Confidential

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James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His life has been shadowed by a gruesome event: the unsolved murder of his mother when he was a child. Her murder unleashed a force that has propelled Ellroy's work. Master of noir crime fiction, 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.

As a novelist, screenwriter, essayist, and memoirist, James Ellroy is more closely identified with Los Angeles (where he currently resides) than any writer since Raymond Chandler. Nearly all of his writing is set in LA, in the rough, racist, pre-Miranda Los Angeles of the decade following the Second World War.