James Ellroy


Widespread Panic

Widespread Panic unfolds in shimmering Ellroyvision.

Wall Street Journal

Freddy Otash was the man in the know and the man to know in ’50s L.A. He was a rogue cop, a sleazoid private eye, a shakedown artist, a pimp – and, most notably, the head strong-arm goon for Confidential magazine.

Confidential presaged the idiot internet – and delivered the dirt, the dish, the insidious ink, and the scurrilous skank. It mauled misanthropic movie stars, sex-soiled socialites, and putzo politicians. Mattress Jack Kennedy, James Dean, Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster, Liz Taylor, Rock Hudson – Frantic Freddy outed them all. He was the Tattle Tyrant who held Hollywood hostage, and now he’s here to CONFESS.

“I’m consumed with candor and wracked with recollection. I’m revitalized and resurgent. My meshugenah march down memory lane begins NOW.

In Freddy’s viciously entertaining voice, Wide­spread Panic torches 1950s Hollywood to the ground. It’s a blazing revelation of coruscating corruption, of pervasive paranoia, and of sin and redemption with nothing in between.

Here is James Ellroy in savage quintessence. Freddy Otash confesses – and you are here to read and succumb.

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The Second L.A. Quartet

cover of Perfidiacover of This Storm

Everyman's Library

cover of The Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy, Volume Icover of The Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy, Volume IIcover of The L.A. Quartet

Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy

cover of American Tabloidcover of The Cold Six Thousandcover of Blood's A Rover

L.A. Quartet

cover of The Black Dahliacover of L.A. Confidentialcover of The Big Nowherecover of White Jazz


cover of My Dark Placescover of The Hilliker Curse

Short Stories

cover of Hollywood Nocturnes

Journalism & Short Fiction

cover of Crime Wavecover of Destination: Morgue!cover of LAPD '53

Early Novels

cover of Brown's Requiemcover of Clandestinecover of Killer on the Roadcover of Suicide Hillcover of Blood on the Mooncover of Because the Night