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dfordoom [userpic]
James Ellroy's crime fiction

I was recently listening to a commentary track done by James Ellroy for a film noir. Wow, he really comes across as one strange guy. I’ve never read any of his crime fiction? Is it worth reading? Anyone have any specific recommendations?

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I've only read The Big Nowhere, which I hated. It was quite gruesome,very Freudian, and it had a ridiculous plot(but not in a fun way). I suppose it was noir in the sense that it was very pessimistic and dealt with corruption at various levels, but it had none of the style and wit I associate with traditional noir.