Let him say it himself: “I am the greatest crime writer who ever lived.” James Ellroy writes tough, intense fiction. He has ego and style. Much of his oeuvre is set in Los Angeles in the 1950s, a hot landscape peopled by cops and bad deeds. His book, Blood’s a Rover, is the third of a trilogy that, as the New York Review of Books has it, “present a brutal counterhistory of America in the 1960s and 1970s.” People describe his style as “stripped-down,” “staccato,” “controlled.” As one reviewer aptly put it, “Ellroy writes as if driven by demons.”
James Ellroy also visited the Institute in 1998.
VPRO video of the event: