James Ellroy

James Ellroy talks up his new L.A. Quartet
James Ellroy talks up his new L.A. Quartet

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.