James Ellroy

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Illicit Novelist
James Ellroy is the bestselling crime-fiction author of the L.A. Quartet novel series that includes the novels The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential and White Jazz. Published in the late eighties and early nineties, when the above photo was taken, the books focus on the morally murky world of cops and criminals in mid-century Los Angeles.

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