Lee Earle "James" Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. A master of noir crime fiction, James has up close and personal knowledge of the world of crime. His life has been shadowed by a gruesome event: the unsolved murder of his mother when he was a child. Her killer was never apprehended.
Haunted by his mother's death, Ellroy served time in jail but, after a troubled thirty years of homelessness, alcoholism, drug abuse, petty crime, and a period of insanity, Ellroy eventually found steady work caddying at Los Angeles country clubs and joined AA.
In 1985 he began The Black Dahlia, a novel he dedicated to his mother. Four of his novels: The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential and White Jazz are collectively known as the L.A. Quartet. His novels American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand, and Blood's A Rover form the Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy.
American Tabloid and his memoir, My Dark Places, were both named as Time magazine's Best Book of the Year, respectively.
The Hound's picks
Will Graham stands in a silent, empty house communing with a killer. An FBI instructor with a gift for hunting madmen, Graham knows what his murderer looks like, how he thinks, and what he did to his victims after they died. Now Graham must try to catch him. But to do it, he must feel the heat of a killer's brain, draw on the macabre advice of a dangerous mental patient, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, and follow a trail of microscopic clues to the place where another family has already been chosen to die - and where an innocent woman has found the Dragon first.
"Something out of the ordinary for strong nerves and stomachs, an intricately crafted chiller"
SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
An FBI trainee
A psychopath locked up for unspeakable crimes
And a serial killer getting ever closer to his latest victim...
FBI rookie Clarice Starling turns to Dr. Hannibal Lecter, monster cannibal held in a hospital for the criminally insane, for insight into the deadly madman she must find. As Dr. Lecter invites her into the darkest chambers of his mind, he forces her to confront her own childhood demons as the price of understanding, an unspeakable tuition he exacts to teach her how the monster thinks. And time is running out . . .
"Thrillers don't come any better than this. Razor-sharp entertainment, beautifully constructed and brilliantly written. It takes us to places in the mind where few writers have the talent or sheer nerve to venture."