‘I am obsessed with violence,' James Ellroy once said in a TV interview. ‘I am obsessed with twisted sexuality. I am obsessed with jealousy, greed, overweening ambition.' These are excellent qualifications for a crime writer, and Ellroy has often been called America's finest. Steven Powell's brilliant, unflinching biography reveals how the novelist's obsessions are rooted in the extraordinary experiences of his childhood and early years. TRENDING A new book argues that women's needs are no great mystery A new book argues that women's needs are no great mystery 19.1k viewing now A memoir for explorer John Blashford-Snell A memoir for explorer John Blashford-Snell 790 viewing now WHAT BOOK would fantasy author Leigh Bardugo take to a desert island? WHAT BOOK would fantasy author Leigh Bardugo take to a desert island? 306 viewing now, Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His father, Armand, was the business manager of Rita Hayworth. He later claimed to his son that he had slept with the famously glamorous film star. Ellroy's mother, more than 15 years younger than her husband, was a nurse. Both parents had complicated love lives behind and ahead of them. They divorced in 1954, and their young son was shuttled back and forth between two homes. The defining event in Ellroy's early life occurred when he was only ten. His mother was murdered. The crime remains […] Source: BIOGRAPHY LOVE ME FIERCE IN DANGER: THE LIFE OF JAMES ELLROY by Steven Powell (Bloomsbury Academic £14.99, 288pp)
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