Photograph by Guillaume Paumier

James Ellroy

Born in Los Angeles, James Ellroy is the author of many works of crime fiction, including L.A. Confidential, The Black Dahlia, and American Tabloid. “I am a master of fiction,” he once told the New York Times. “I am also the greatest crime writer who ever lived. I am to the crime novel in specific what Tolstoy is to the Russian novel and what Beethoven is to music.”  

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