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"Astonishing . . . original, daring, brilliant."

--Philadelphia Inquirer

In 1958 Jean Ellroy was murdered, her body dumped on a roadway in a seedy L.A. suburb.Her killer was never found, and the police dismissed her as a casualty of a cheap Saturday night. James Ellroy was ten when his mother died, and he spent the next thirty-six years running from her ghost and attempting to exorcize it through crime fiction. In 1994, Ellroy quit running.He went back to L.A., to find out the truth about his mother--and himself.

In My Dark Places, our most uncompromising crime writer tells what happened when he teamed up with a brilliant homicide cop to investigate a murder that everyone else had forgotten--and reclaim the mother he had despised, desired, but never dared to love. What ensues is a epic of loss, fixation, and redemption, a memoir that is also a history of the American way of violence.

"Ellroy is more powerful than ever."

--The Nation

Synopsis:

The best-selling author of American Tabloid offers a true-life account of the murder of his mother in 1958, when he was ten years old, and how he teamed up with a homicide detective to investigate the facts about the killing. Reprint. 50,000 first printing. Tour.

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James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His five previous novels, American Tabloid, White Jazz, L.A. Confidential, The Big Nowhere, and The Black Dahlia, were international bestsellers.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307488510
Subtitle:
An l.a. Crime Memoir
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Ellroy, James
Author:
James Ellroy
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Authors
Subject:
Demography
Subject:
Murder -- California -- Los Angeles.
Subject:
Mothers and sons -- California -- Los Angeles.
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Novelists, American
Subject:
Los angeles
Subject:
Mothers and sons
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Novelists, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19970819
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
427

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Product details 427 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307488510 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The best-selling author of American Tabloid offers a true-life account of the murder of his mother in 1958, when he was ten years old, and how he teamed up with a homicide detective to investigate the facts about the killing. Reprint. 50,000 first printing. Tour.
"Synopsis" by , James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His five previous novels, American Tabloid, White Jazz, L.A. Confidential, The Big Nowhere, and The Black Dahlia, were international bestsellers.
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