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Crime Wave (1999) [Collection]
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James Ellroy is a unique and powerful writer with a tough and explosive voice. His obsession with the dark side of L.A. is personal and vital, triggered by the murder of his mother when he was ten. This defining moment spawned an early addiction to paperback crime novels, and Ellroy's own writing is saturated in an often violent underworld of bent cops, politicians, stars, sleaze and rumour. Ellroy exploits memory, history, fact and fiction with relentless energy and panache. What emerges is an intense, mythical vision of Tinseltown in the second half of the twentieth century.

Crime Wave is a vivid portrait of James Ellroy's L.A. landscape. This special collection showcases his investigative non-fiction articles, previously published in the American edition of GQ, and also includes two new novellas, Hollywood Shakedown and Tijuana Mon Amour.


  • Introduction by Art Cooper
  • Part One: Unsolved
    • Body Dumps
    • My Mother's Killer
    • Glamour Jungle
  • Part Two: Getchell
    • Hush-Hush [Danny Getchell]
    • Tijuana, Mon Amour [Danny Getchell]
  • Part Three: Contino
    • Out of the Past
    • Hollywood Shakedown
  • Part Four: L.A.
    • Sex, Glitz, and Greed: The Seduction of O.J. Simpson
    • The Tooth of Crime
    • Bad Boys in Tinseltown
    • Let's Twist Again

Original title: Crime Wave
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysterySuspense
FictionCrime and MysteryCrime/Caper

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