Morgue!: L.A. Tales
By James Ellroy
(Vintage, Paperback, 9781400032877, 400pp.)
Publication Date: September 28, 2004
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Dig. The Demon Dog gets down with a new book of scenes from America’s capital of kink: Los Angeles. Fourteen pieces, some fiction, some nonfiction, all true enough to be admissible as state’s evidence, and half of it in print for the first time. And every one of them bearing the James Ellroy brand of mayhem, machismo, and hollow-nose prose.
Here are Mexican featherweights and unsolved-murder vics, crooked cops and a very clean D.A. Here is a profile of Hollywood’s latest celebrity perp-walker, Robert Blake, and three new novellas featuring a demented detective with an obsession with a Hollywood actress. And, oh yes, just maybe the last appearance of Hush-Hush sleaze-monger Danny Getchell. Here’s Ellroy himself, shining a 500-watt Mag light into all the dark places of his life and imagination. Destination: Morgue! puts the reader’s attention in a hammerlock and refuses to let go.
James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His L.A. Quartet novels–The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz–were international bestsellers. American Tabloid was Time’s Novel of the Year; his memoir My Dark Places was a Time Best Book of the Year; and a New York Times Notable Book, and his most recent novel, The Cold Six Thousand was a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. He lives in Kansas City.
“Ellroy rips into American culture like a chainsaw in an abattoir.” —Time
“One of the great American writers of our time.” — Los Angeles Times
“Nobody in this generation matches the breadth and depth of James Ellroy’s way with noir.” — Detroit News
“Ellroy is either our greatest obsessive writer or our most obsessive great writer. Either way, he is turning the crime novel’s mean streets into superhighways.” —Financial Times