Hollywood Nocturnes (Google eBook)

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Open Road Media, Aug 30, 2011 - Fiction - 232 pages
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A novella and five short stories from one of the most hard-boiled writers in American crime fiction

Nobody plays accordion like Dick Contino. His skilled fingers can find beauty in even the schmaltziest borscht belt favorites, and with his matinee-idol looks he could be a real star. Right now, though, he’s slumming it as the headliner in a Grade Z teenybopper picture called Daddy-O. He’s too good for this movie, and finishing it is going to take him to a very dark place. Daddy-O and Dick Contino are both real, their stories dredged out of the past by James Ellroy, a master of historical crime fiction. In Dick Contino’s Blues he takes us to B-List Hollywood in 1957—a time when movies were cheerful and dirty secrets lurked just off camera. Included along with the novella are five short stories, all in the author’s inimitable tough-bitten style.

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User Review  - Harold - Goodreads

I've been a big fan of James Ellroy's writing for years, particularly his "LA Quartet" and "Underworld USA" series. Those books were all densely plotted, dark and violent crime stories featuring ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nick Duretta - Goodreads

These tales of the shady side of 1940s and 1950s Los Angeles are so hard-boiled they could bounce. Ellroy's characters are all hardened to the point of breaking, which many of them do. The effect is ... Read full review

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With his outsize personality and distinctive prose style, James Ellroy (b. 1948) is one of the finest modern authors of hard-boiled fiction. His mother was murdered in 1958, and in his twenties Ellroy moved from job to job, finally finding steady work as a caddy, an experience which formed the backdrop for his first mystery, Brown’s Requiem. He drew a cult following with his first books, which included the Lloyd Hopkins trilogy of police novels, and found widespread fame with 1987’s The Black Dahlia, a meticulously researched account of Los Angeles’s most famous unsolved murder.That novel and 1990’s L.A. Confidential, both of which were adapted for the screen, cemented his notoriety as an author of historical crime fiction. Ellroy lives and works in Los Angeles.

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