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Ellroy, James 1948-

Works: 485 works in 2,267 publications in 25 languages and 42,703 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Drama  Political fiction  Film noir  Crime films  Film adaptations  Historical fiction  Police films  Noir fiction 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Bibliographic antecedent, Editor, Interviewee, Director, Scenarist, Creator, Conceptor, Other, Author of introduction, Contributor
Classifications: PS3555.L6274, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by James Ellroy
The black dahlia by James Ellroy( Book )

138 editions published between 1987 and 2016 in 17 languages and held by 3,616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using the basic facts concerning the 1940s' notorious and yet unsolved Black Dahlia case, Ellroy creates a kaleidoscope of human passion and dark obsession. A young woman's mutilated body is found in a Los Angeles vacant lot. The story is seen through the eyes of Bucky Bleichert, ex-prize fighter and something of a boy wonder on the police force. There is no relief or humor as Bleichert arrives at a grisly discovery. Ellroy's powerful rendering of the long-reaching effects of murder gives the case new meaning
L.A. confidential by James Ellroy( Book )

117 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in 14 languages and held by 2,506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three troubled cops-- Ed Exley, desperately seeking glory; vengeful Bud White, a witness to his mother's murder by his father; and Jack Vincennes, a shakedown artist with a dark secret-- tread a fine line between right and wrong in 1950s Los Angeles
The cold six thousand : a novel by James Ellroy( Book )

81 editions published between 2001 and 2017 in 9 languages and held by 2,353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wayne Tedrow, Jr., a young Vegas policeman with $6,000 in cash, is drawn unwittingly into a conspiracy involving the cover-up of the truth about the assassination of John F. Kennedy
American tabloid : a novel by James Ellroy( Book )

123 editions published between 1995 and 2017 in 15 languages and held by 2,131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Skurkagtige FBI-agenter, pengeafpressere, eksilcubanere, lejemordere, mafiaen og den korrupte fagbevægelse er en del af USA's historie i 1950erne og frem til mordet på Kennedy i 1963. Ikke engang Kennedy-klanen holder sig fri
Blood's a rover : a novel by James Ellroy( Book )

34 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Summer, 1968. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy are dead. The assassination conspiracies have begun to unravel. A dirty-tricks squad is getting ready to deploy at the Democratic Convention in Chicago. Black militants are warring in southside L.A. The Feds are concocting draconian countermeasures. And fate has placed three men at the vortex of history. A stand-alone sequel to The Cold Six Thousand
White jazz : a novel by James Ellroy( Book )

62 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 1,609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Killings, beatings, bribes, shakedowns -- it's all in a day's work for Lieutenant Dave Klein, Los Angeles Police Department. Trained as a lawyer in school, schooled as a strongarm on the street, bought and paid for by the mob, there's nothing he's not into and nobody's better at any of it. But in the fall of 1958, when the Feds announce a full-out investigation into police corruption, everything goes haywire. Suddenly, the game Klein thought he was running has a new set of rules -- and they're not his. He's been hung out as bait, "a bad cop to draw the heat," and the heat's coming from all sides: from local politicians, from LAPD brass, from racketeers and drug kingpins -- all of them hell-bent on keeping their own dirty secrets hidden. For Klein, "forty-two and going on dead," it's dues time. And it's Klein who tells his own story -- his voice clipped and sharp and as brutal as the events he's describing -- taking us with him on a hellish journey through a world shaped by monstrous ambition, greed, and perversion. It's a world he helped create, but now he'll do anything to get out of it alive ... Fierce, riveting, and honed to a razor-edge, White Jazz is crime fiction at its most shattering, and the most explosive novel yet from James Ellroy
Perfidia by James Ellroy( Book )

26 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 1,535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A pulse-pounding, as-it-happens narrative that unfolds in Los Angeles over twenty-three days beginning on December 6, 1941. The Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor. The United States teeters on the edge of war. The roundup of allegedly treasonous Japanese Americans is about to begin. And in L.A., a Japanese family is found dead. Murder or ritual suicide? The investigation will draw four people into a totally Ellroy-ian tangle: a brilliant Japanese American forensic chemist; an unsatisfiably adventurous young woman; one police officer based in fact (William H. "Whiskey Bill" Parker, later to become the groundbreaking chief of the LAPD), the other the product of Ellroy's inimitable imagination (Dudley Smith, arch villain of The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, White Jazz). As their lives intertwine, we are given a story of war and of consuming romance, a searing expose of the Japanese internment, and an astonishingly detailed homicide investigation. In Perfidia, Ellroy delves more deeply than ever before into his characters' intellectual and emotional lives. But it has the full-strength, unbridled story-telling audacity that has marked all the acclaimed work of the "Demon Dog of American Crime Fiction.""
The big nowhere : a crime novel by James Ellroy( Book )

101 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 1,452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in Los Angeles in the 1950s as the Red scare blazes, three men--an unheeded deputy, an opportunist D.A.'s assistant, and a high-rolling pimp--become immersed in a nightmarish reality
The black dahlia by James Ellroy( Recording )

27 editions published between 1990 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,038 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on the 1940's unsolved Los Angeles murder case of Elizabeth Short, a young woman in her 20's is found in a Hollywood vacant lot, cut in half and disemboweled
Street kings by David Ayer( Visual )

18 editions published in 2008 in English and Chinese and held by 974 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tom Ludlow is a veteran LAPD cop who finds life difficult to navigate after the death of his wife. When evidence implicates him in the execution of his former partner, Detective Terrance Washington, he is forced to go up against the cop culture he's been a part of his entire career, ultimately leading him to question the loyalties of everyone around him. He teams up with a young detective to track down Washington's killers, who track down the murderers and bring them to justice
Rampart by Oren Moverman( Visual )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and German and held by 890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A riveting parable about what happens to a man who refuses to change, even when change is the only thing that can save him. Dave Brown, a man who has taken the 'no guts, no glory' American mythos to heart, without questioning what it is doing to him and those he holds dear, is a cop whose personal life is propelled into a dizzying downward spiral when he comes under suspicion for roughing up a suspect
Hollywood nocturnes by James Ellroy( Book )

38 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novella and five short stories set in the 1940s and 1950s. In Dick Contino's Blues, a honky tonk accordion player arranges to have a starlet and himself kidnaped in the hope of boosting his career, in High Darktown, a policeman pursues a criminal a the city joyfully celebrates the end of World War II
Destination: morgue! : L.A. tales by James Ellroy( Book )

17 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 802 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of crime stories, some fiction, some nonfiction
The best American noir of the century by James Ellroy( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Italian and held by 736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: In his introduction to the The Best American Noir of the Century, James Ellroy writes, "Noir is the most scrutinized offshoot of the hard-boiled school of fiction. It's the long drop off the short pier and the wrong man and the wrong woman in perfect misalliance. It's the nightmare of flawed souls with big dreams and the precise how and why of the all-time sure thing that goes bad." Offering the best examples of literary sure things gone bad, this collection ensures that nowhere else can readers find a darker, more thorough distillation of American noir fiction. James Ellroy and Otto Penzler, series editor of the annual The Best American Mystery Stories, mined one hundred years of writing-1910-2010-to find this treasure trove of thirty-nine stories. From noir's twenties-era infancy come gems like James M. Cain's" "Pastorale," and its post-war heyday boasts giants like Mickey Spillane and Evan Hunter. Packing an undeniable punch, diverse contemporary incarnations include Elmore Leonard, Patricia Highsmith, Joyce Carol Oates, Dennis Lehane, and William Gay, with many page-turners appearing in the last decade
L.A. noir by James Ellroy( Book )

6 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and Italian and held by 730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A single-volume edition of three of the novels featuring Detective Sergeant Lloyd Hopkins of Los Angeles. The first involves the apparently random killings of 20 women, the second a multiple murder committed with a pre-Civil-War revolver, and the third a conspiracy of police corruption
Dark blue by Ron Shelton( Visual )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and German and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two LAPD detectives investigate a high-profile quadruple-homicide in April 1992, a few weeks before the Los Angeles Riots
Suicide hill by James Ellroy( Book )

43 editions published between 1986 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's Weekly says Suicide Hill is a book that "hurtles along with almost equal gore and slapstick ... L.A.'s sleazy sides are brilliantly drawn ... Ellroy can't write a dull line."
Clandestine by James Ellroy( Book )

62 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A stunning tale of dangerous ambition, police corruption, deception, betrayal, and serial murder in 1950s Los Angeles
Blood on the moon by James Ellroy( Book )

59 editions published between 1984 and 2011 in 8 languages and held by 606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twenty random murders of women remain unconnected in police files. But Det. Sgt. Lloyd Hopkins sees a pattern. In a shattering climax, cold, icy intelligence and white-heated madness are pitted against each other
Brown's requiem by James Ellroy( Book )

61 editions published between 1981 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Los Angeles private detective Fritz Brown is hired for a seemingly simple surveillance job that he thinks will provide easy money, but instead he encounters a perilous world of violence, corruption, and murder
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The cold six thousand : a novel
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Ėllroj, Džejms 1948-

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Джеймс Елрой

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אלרואי, ג׳ימס 1948-

ג'יימס אלרוי

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엘로이, 제임스 1948-

제임스 엘로이

エルロイ, ジェイムズ




L.A. confidentialThe cold six thousand : a novelAmerican tabloid : a novelBlood's a rover : a novelWhite jazz : a novelThe big nowhere : a crime novelThe black dahliaHollywood nocturnes