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Destination morgue: James Ellroy spills LA's crime scene secrets – in pictures

The Gaurdian

The Guardian has some great photos from LAPD '53 along with commentary.

Los Angeles crime scenes in 1953


For a taste of Ellroy's collaboration with the Los Angeles Police Museum on LAPD '53, visit this image gallery at CNN.

Video Interview with France 24's Encore!

France 24

A must-see video as Ellroy opens up to Encore's Mariam Saab about starting over three decades into his literary career, the blurred lines between reality and fiction and the real love of his life.

Ellroy receives 2015 Grandmaster award from the Mystery Writers of America

Mystery Writers of America

Read about it at the or read the press release from the Mystery Writers of America.

Ellroy to France in May for PERFIDIA

Wednesday, May 6, 7:00 p.m.
Signing at the bookshop La Librairie de Paris.
7 place de Clichy, 75017. Tel: +33 1 45 22 47 81.

Wednesday, May 6, 8:30 p.m.
Public meeting at the Théâtre le Bouffes du Nord.
37 bis Boulevard de la Chapelle, 75010. Tel: +33 1 46 07 34 50.

Thursday, May 7, 6:00 p.m.
Public meeting and signing at the La Fnac Montparnasse bookshop.
136 rue de Rennes, 75006. Tel. +33 825 02 00 20

Friday, May 8, 5:00 p.m.
Conversaton, reading and signing at Le Grand Théâtre Municipal de Bastia.
rue Favalelli. Tel: +33 4 95 34 98 00.

Saturday, May 9, 4:00 p.m.
Conversation, reading and signing at La Médiathèque l'Alcazar.
2 place François Mireur, 13001 Marseille. Tel: +33 4 91 91 80 88.

“Ellroy is not only back in form—he's raised the stakes.”

Kirkus Reviews

L.A. Unbound: James Ellroy Interviewed

The Quietus

Ian Johnston sits down with James Ellroy, veteran and pioneer of contemporary crime fiction, non-fiction and the blurring of those lines—the Demon Dog of American literature—to talk about the glossed-over injustice of Japanese-American internment in World War II, expanding Los Angeles across an entire world, and his new novel, Perfidia.

Where’s the Beef? James Ellroy’s Favorite L.A. Spots for Steak

Los Angeles Magazine

Writer James Ellroy Talks Bachelor Pads, Beethoven, and a Certain Mystery Woman

Details Magazine

Perfidia by James Ellroy, book review: The Finnegans Wake of crime novels

The Independent

James Ellroy’s Perfidia: L.A. noir on steroids

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mysteries: Nights That Live in Infamy

The Wall Street Journal

In the shadow of Pearl Harbor, the murder of four members of a prominent Japanese family sets off a police investigation amid a frenzy of paranoia in Perfidia by James Ellroy.

The Big Sweep

The New York Times Book Review

Dennis Lehane on Perfidia:

Few writers, once established in the public consciousness, have changed their style as drastically as James Ellroy. In his early days, Ellroy wandered through the boneyards of 1980s pulp, channeling Jim Thompson and Dashiell Hammett before he found his own voice with a trilogy of contemporary novels about a troubled, racist genius cop named Lloyd Hopkins. Hopkins was morally despicable in the day-to-day, but compared with the monsters he fought in the neon-drench of underworld Los Angeles, he was quasi-­angelic. When Ellroy closed out the Hopkins trilogy with 'Suicide Hill' in 1986, he shuttered his interest in topical culture as well and moved into the second incarnation of his career, that of the wildly romantic yet increasingly bilious chronicler of Los Angeles in the years immediately following World War II.

James Ellroy talks up his new L.A. Quartet

L.A. Times

Novelist James Ellroy prides himself on living in the past, and sometimes his obsessive backward gazing pays off. One lonely Saturday night a few years back, he stood at his window in the Ravenswood — the Art Deco apartment on Rossmore Avenue best known for Mae West's longtime residency — and had a vision.

James Ellroy on Glenn Miller's Version of Perfidia

The Wall Street Journal

A song about betrayal evokes Los Angeles in the 1940s for the author of The Black Dahlia.

Publishers Weekly Reviews Perfidia

Publishers Weekly

a sprawling, uncompromising epic of crime and depravity, with admirable characters few and far between.

James Ellroy's Perfidia a Perfect Start in New L.A. Quartet

Tampa Bay Times

James Ellroy, "Wholesome"? L.A.'s Crime King Lightens Up (a Little) With 'Perfidia'

The Hollywood Reporter

'It's the best book I've ever written,' he says with his characteristic literary bravado. 'It's more wholesome, more accessible, more human and has more of my heart and soul than all of my other books combined. This book is much more tied to an actual historical event, both the internment camps and the first months of World War II. But I'm rewriting L.A. history to my own specifications. It's like your dog — she's always marking her turf, right? That's what I'm doing. I'm pissing, leaving my mark. I'm creating a secret human infrastructure of big, public events.'

Days that Will Live in Infamy: PW Talks with James Ellroy

Publishers Weekly

Playboy Walkabout Series


Walkabout - James Ellroy from Ed Knigge on Vimeo.

James Ellroy, The Art of Fiction No. 201

The Paris Review

Interviewed by Nathaniel Rich at The Paris Review

Reading James Ellroy's novels, it's tempting to imagine the sixty-one-year-old author as a hyperactive, shotgun-toting, trash-talking connoisseur of crime, women, and American history, the kind of guy who pals around with homicide detectives and wears fedoras and bespoke suits. This portrait, as it turns out, is entirely accurate—except for the attire. These days he favors ivy caps and Hawaiian shirts.