Lloyd Hopkins Books In Publication Order
- Blood on the Moon (1984)
- Because the Night (1984)
- Suicide Hill (1986)
L.A. Quartet Books In Publication Order
- The Black Dahlia (1987)
- The Big Nowhere (1988)
- L.A. Confidential (1990)
- White Jazz (1992)
Second L.A. Quartet Books In Publication Order
- Perfidia (2014)
- This Storm (2019)
Underworld U.S.A. Books In Publication Order
- American Tabloid (1995)
- The Cold Six Thousand (2001)
- Blood’s A Rover (2009)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- Brown’s Requiem (1981)
- Clandestine (1982)
- Killer on the Road / Silent Terror (1986)
- Widespread Panic (2021)
Short Story Collections In Publication Order
- Dick Contino’s Blues and Other Stories (1993)
- Crime Wave (1999)
- Destination (2003)
Best American Mystery Stories Anthologies In Publication Order
- The Best American Mystery Stories 3 (2002)
- The Best American Noir of the Century (2010)
Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order
- My Dark Places (1996)
- The Hilliker Curse (2006)
Akashic Noir Books In Publication Order
- Bronx Noir (By:S J Rozan) (2003)
- Chicago Noir (By:) (2005)
- Baltimore Noir (By:Laura Lippman) (2006)
- New Orleans Noir (By:Julie Smith) (2007)
- Los Angeles Noir (By:Denise Hamilton) (2007)
- Wall Street Noir (By:Peter Spiegelman) (2007)
- Los Angeles Noir 2: The Classics (With: Joseph Hansen,Raymond Chandler,Ross Macdonald,Margaret Millar,James M. Cain,Walter Mosley,William Gault,Leigh Brackett,Naomi Hirahara,Chester Himes,Jervey Tervalon,,Denise Hamilton) (2010)
- Mexico City Noir (By:Paco Ignacio Taibo II) (2010)
- Haiti Noir (By:Edwidge Danticat) (2010)
- Kingston Noir (By:Patricia Powell,,,,,Marlon James) (2012)
- Haiti Noir 2 (By:Edwidge Danticat) (2013)
- St. Louis Noir (By:Scott Phillips) (2016)
- Montana Noir (By:James Grady) (2017)
- Buenos Aires Noir (By:Ernesto Mallo) (2017)
- Speculative Los Angeles (By:Duane Swierczynski,Stephen Blackmoore,,,Ben H. Winters,Charles Yu,,,Denise Hamilton) (2021)
Anthologies In Publication Order
- The Best American Crime Writing 2005 (2005)
- Books to Die For (2012)
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James Ellroy Books Overview
Detective Sergeant Lloyd Hopkins can t stand music, or any loud sounds. He’s got a beautiful wife, but he can t get enough of other women. And instead of bedtime stories, he regales his daughters with bloody crime stories. He s a thinking man s cop with a dark past and an obsessive drive to hunt down monsters who prey on the innocent.
Now, there s something haunting him. He sees a connection in a series of increasingly gruesome murders of women committed over a period of twenty years. To solve the case, Hopkins will dump all the rules and risk his career to make the final link and get the killer.
A botched liquor store heist leaves three grisly dead. A hero cop is missing. Nobody could see a pattern in these two stray bits of information no one except Detective Sergeant Lloyd Hopkins, a brilliant and disturbed L.A. cop with an obsessive desire to protect the innocent. To him they lead to one horrifying conclusion a killer is on the loose and preying on his city. From the master of L.A. noir comes this beautiful and brutal tale of a cop and a criminal squared off in a life and death struggle.
Detective Sergeant Lloyd Hopkins is the most brilliant homicide detective in the Los Angeles Police Department and one of its most troubled. In his obsessive mission to protect the innocent, there is no line he won t cross. Estranged from his wife and daughters and on the verge of being drummed out of the department for his transgressions, Hopkins is assigned to investigate a series of bloody bank robberies. As the violence escalates and the case becomes ever more vicious, Hopkins will be forced to cross the line once again to stop a maniac on a murder binge.
On January 15, 1947, the torture ravished body of a beautiful young woman is found in a Los Angeles vacant lot. The victim makes headlines as The Black Dahlia and so begins the greatest manhunt in California history. Caught up in the investigation are Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard: Warrants Squad cops, friends, and rivals in love with the same woman. But both are obsessed with the Dahlia driven by dark needs to know everything about her past, to capture her killer, to possess the woman even in death. Their quest will take them on a hellish journey through the underbelly of postwar Hollywood, to the core of the dead girl’s twisted life, past the extremes of their own psyches into a region of total madness.
Los Angeles, 1950 Red crosscurrents: the Commie Scare and a string of brutal mutilation killings. Gangland intrigue and Hollywood sleaze. Three cops caught in a hellish web of ambition, perversion, and deceit. Danny Upshaw is a Sheriff’s deputy stuck with a bunch of snuffs nobody cares about; they’re his chance to make his name as a cop…
and to sate his darkest curiosities. Mal Considine is D.A.’s Bureau brass. He’s climbing on the Red Scare bandwagon to advance his career and to gain custody of his adopted son, a child he saved from the horror of postwar Europe. Buzz Meeks bagman, ex Narco goon, and pimp for Howard Hughes is fighting communism for the money. All three men have purchased tickets to a nightmare.
James Ellroy’s L.A. Confidential is film noir crime fiction akin to Chinatown,Hollywood Babylon, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and Jim Thompson. It’s about threetortured souls in the 1950s L.A.P.D.: Ed Exley, the clean cut cop who lives shivering in the shadow of hisdad, a legendary cop in the same department; Jack Vincennes, a cop who advises a Police Squad like TV show and busts movie stars for payoffs from sleazy Hush Hush magazine; and Bud White,a detective haunted by the sight of his dad murdering his mom. Ellroy himself was traumatized as a boy by his party animal mother’s murder. See his memoir My Dark Places for the whole sordid story. So it is clear that Bud is partly autobiographical. But Exley, whose shiny reputation conceals a dark secret,and Vincennes, who goes showbiz with a vengeance, reflect parts of Ellroy, too. L.A. Confidential holds enough plots for two or three books: the cops chase stolen gangland hero*inthrough a landscape littered with not always innocent corpses while succumbing to sexy sirens who havebeen surgically resculpted to resemble movie stars; a vile developer based unfairly on Walt Disney schemes to make big bucks off Moochie Mouse; and the cops compete with the crooks to see who can bemore corrupt and violent. Ellroy’s hardboiled prose is so compressed that some of his rat a tat paragraphsare hard to follow. You have to read with attention as intense as his and that is very intense indeed. Buthe richly rewards the effort. He may not be as deep and literary as Chandler, but he belongs on the sametop level shelf.
Los Angeles, 1958. Killings, beatings, bribes, shakedowns it’s standard procedure for Lieutenant Dave Klein, LAPD. He’s a slumlord, a bagman, an enforcer a power in his own small corner of hell. Then the Feds announce a full out investigation into local police corruption, and everything goes haywire. Klein’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 secrets hidden. For Klein, ‘forty two and going on dead,’ it’s dues time. Klein tells his own story his voice clipped, sharp, often as brutal as the events he’s describing taking us with him on a journey through a world shaped by monstrous ambition, avarice, and perversion. It’s a world he created, 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.
CHOSEN BY TIME MAGAZINE AS ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR’ONE HELLISHLY EXCITING RIDE.’ Detroit Free PressThe ’50s are finished. Zealous young senator Robert Kennedy has a red hot jones to nail Jimmy Hoffa. JFK has his eyes on the Oval Office. J. Edgar Hoover is swooping down on the Red Menace. Howard Hughes is dodging subpoenas and digging up Kennedy dirt. And Castro is mopping up the bloody aftermath of his new communist nation.’HARD BITTEN…
ELLROY SEGUES INTO POLITICAL INTRIGUE WITHOUT MISSING A BEAT.’ The New York TimesIn the thick of it: FBI men Kemper Boyd and Ward Littell. They work every side of the street, jerking the chains of made men, street scum, and celebrities alike, while Pete Bondurant, ex rogue cop, freelance enforcer, troubleshooter, and troublemaker, has the conscience to louse it all up.’VASTLY ENTERTAINING.’ Los Angeles TimesMob bosses, politicos, snitches, psychos, fall guys, and femmes fatale. They’re mixing up a molotov cocktail guaranteed to end the country’s innocence with a bang. Dig that crazy beat: it’s America’s heart racing out of control…
.’A SUPREMELY CONTROLLED WORK OF ART.’ The New York Times Book Review
The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, White Jazz, American Tabloid…
James Ellroy’s high velocity, best selling novels have redefined noir for our age, propelling us within inches of the dark realities of America’s recent history. Now, in The Cold Six Thousand, his most ambitious and explosive novel yet, he puts the whole of the 1960s under his blistering lens. The result is a work of fierce, epic fiction, a speedball through our most tumultuous time. It begins in Dallas. November 22, 1963. The heart of the American Dream detonated. Wayne Tedrow Jr., a young Vegas cop, arrives with a loathsome job to do. He’s got $6,000 in cash and no idea that he is about to plunge into the cover up conspiracy already brewing around Kennedy’s assassination, no idea that this will mark the beginning of a hellish five year ride through the private underbelly of public policy. Ellroy’s furiously paced narrative tracks Tedrow’s ride: Dallas back to Vegas, with the Mob and Howard Hughes, south with the Klan and J. Edgar Hoover, shipping out to Vietnam and returning home, the bearer of white powder, plotting new deaths as 1968 approaches…
Tedrow stands witness, as the icons of an iconic era mingle with cops, killers, hoods, and provocateurs. His story is ground zero in Ellroy’s stunning vision: historical confluence as American Nightmare. The Cold Six Thousand is a masterpiece.
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. Dwight Holly is J. Edgar Hoover’s pet strong arm goon, implementing Hoover s racist designs and obsessed with a leftist shadow figure named Joan Rosen Klein. Wayne Tedrow ex cop and hero*in runner is building a mob gambling mecca in the Dominican Republic and quickly becoming radicalized. Don Crutchfield is a window peeping kid private eye within tantalizing reach of right wing assassins, left wing revolutionaries and the powermongers of an incendiary era. Their lives collide in pursuit of the Red Goddess Joan and each of them will pay a dear and savage price to live History. Political noir as only James Ellroy can write it our recent past razed and fully reconstructed Blood s A Rover is a novel of astonishing depth and scope, a massive tale of corruption and retribution, of ideals at war and the extremity of love. It is the largest and greatest work of fiction from an American master. From the Hardcover edition.
Fritz Brown’s L.A. and his life are mas*ses of contradictions, like stirring chorales sung for the dead. A less than spotless former cop with a drinking problem a private eye repo man with a taste for great music he has been known to wallow in the grime beneath the Hollywood glitter. But Fritz Brown’s life is about to change, thanks to the appearance of a racist psycho who flashes too much cash for a golf caddie and who walked away clean from a multiple murder rap. Reopening this cas could be Fritz’s redemption; his welcome back to a moral world and his path to a pure and perfect love. But to get there, he must make it through a grim, lightless place where evil has no national borders; where lies beget lies and death begets death; where there’s little tolerance for Bach or Beethoven and deadly arson is a lesser mortal sin; and where a p.i.’s unhealthy interest in the past can turn beautiful music into funeral dirge.
Fred Underhill is a young cop on the rise in Los Angeles in the early 1950’s a town blinded to its own grime by Hollywood glitter; a society nourished by newspaper lies that wants its heroes all American and squeaky clean. A chance to lead on a possible serial killing is all it takes to fuel Underhill’s reckless ambition and it propels him into a dangerous alliance with certain mad and unstable elements of the law enforcement hierarchy. When the case implodes with disastrous consequences, it is Fred Underhill who takes the fall. His life is in ruins, his promising future suddenly a dream of the past. And his good and pure love for a crusading woman lawyer has been corrupted and may not survive. But even without the authority of a badge, Fred Underhill knows that his only hope for redemption lies in following the investigation to its grim conclusion. And the Hell to which he has been consigned for his sins is the perfect place to hunt for a killer who hungers but has no soul.
Martin Michael Plunkett is a product of his times the possessor of a genius intellect, a pitiless soul of brushed steel, and a heart of blackest evil. With criminal tendencies forged in the fires of L.A.’s Charles Manson hysteria, he comes to the bay city of San Francisco and submits to savage and terrible impulses that reveal to him his true vocation as a pure and perfect murderer. And so begins his decade of discovery and terror, as he cuts a bloody swath across the full length of a land, ingeniously exploiting and feeding upon a society’s obsessions. As he maneuvers deftly through a seamy world of drugs, flesh, and perversions, the media will call him many things but Martin Plunkett’s real name is Death. His brilliant, twisted mind is a horriying place to explore. His madness reflects a nation’s own. The killer is on the road. And there’s nowhere in America to hide.
Set in Los Angeles from 1947 to 1959, Hollywood Nocturnes gives us an afterword and six stories set in the same crime ridden, sex crazed period of history of James Ellroy’s L.A. Quartet novels which include L.A. Confidential and The Big Nowhere. Dig this: the swinging sax man’s doing repos and plotting a kidnapping of himself; a tommy gun is ripping apart windows, curtains, and bodies in High Darktown; a carhop at Scrivner’s is keeping two extremely sweet sugar daddies, Howard Hughes and mobster Mickey Cohen, happy until the scene turns murderous. This is the hip hop hard edged world of L.A. 1950s style: cars with fins, Commies in closets, starmakers with come ons, ex cons with guns, and cops with mean streaks as wide as Sunset Strip. James Ellroy’s bizarre, stark tales dazzle us with their unexpected humor, raw brutality, and slightly lighter than usual noir realism. Hollywood Nocturnes is quintessential Ellroy: bluesy, black, and very, very hot.
Los Angeles. In no other city do sex, celebrity, money, and crime exert such an irresistible magnetic field. And no writer has mapped that field with greater savagery and savvy than James Ellroy. With this fever hot collection of reportage and short fiction, he returns to his native habitat and portrays it as a smog shrouded netherworld where’every third person is a peeper, prowler, pederast, or pimp.’From the scandal sheets of the 1950s to this morning’s police blotter, Ellroy reopens true crimes and restores human dimensions to their victims. Sublimely, he resurrects the rag Hush Hush magazine. And in a baroquely plotted novella of slaughter and corruption he enlists the forgotten luminaries of a lost Hollywood. Shocking, mesmerizing, and written in prose as wounding as an ice pick, Crime Wave is Ellroy at his best.
Dig. The Demon Dog gets down with a new book of scenes from America’s capital of kink: Los Angeles. Fourteen pieces, some fiction, some nonfiction, all true enough to be admissible as state s evidence, and half of it in print for the first time. And every one of them bearing the James Ellroy brand of mayhem, machismo, and hollow nose prose. Here are Mexican featherweights and unsolved murder vics, crooked cops and a very clean D.A. Here is a profile of Hollywood s latest celebrity perp walker, Robert Blake, and three new novellas featuring a demented detective with an obsession with a Hollywood actress. And, oh yes, just maybe the last appearance of Hush Hush sleaze monger Danny Getchell. Here s Ellroy himself, shining a 500 watt Mag light into all the dark places of his life and imagination. Destination: Morgue! puts the reader s attention in a hammerlock and refuses to let go. Praise for James Ellroy:
Well worth its impressive weight in gold, it would be a crime not to have this seminal masterpiece in your collection. New York Journal of BooksIn his introduction to 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 mined writings of the past century 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 postwar 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 from the past decade. Delightfully devilish…
A strange trek through the years that includes stories from household names in the hard boiled genre to lesser known authors who nonetheless can hold their own with the legends. Associated PressJames Ellroy is the author of the Underworld U.S.A. trilogy American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand, and Blood s a Rover and the L.A. Quartet novels, The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz. His most recent book is The Hillicker Curse, a memoir. Otto Penzler is the founder of the Mysterious Bookshop and Mysterious Press, has won two Edgar Allan Poe Awards most recently for The Lineup, and is series editor of The Best American Mystery Stories.
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original, daring, brilliant.’ Philadelphia InquirerIn 1958 Jean Ellroy was murdered, her body dumped on a roadway in a seedy L.A. suburb. Her killer was never found, and the police dismissed her as a casualty of a cheap Saturday night. James Ellroy was ten when his mother died, and he spent the next thirty six years running from her ghost and attempting to exorcize it through crime fiction. In 1994, Ellroy quit running. He went back to L.A., to find out the truth about his mother and himself. In My Dark Places, our most uncompromising crime writer tells what happened when he teamed up with a brilliant homicide cop to investigate a murder that everyone else had forgotten and reclaim the mother he had despised, desired, but never dared to love. What ensues is a epic of loss, fixation, and redemption, a memoir that is also a history of the American way of violence. ‘Ellroy is more powerful than ever.’ The Nation
The legendary crime writer gives us a raw, brutally candid memoir-as high intensity and as riveting as any of his novels-about his obsessive search for ‘atonement in women.’
The year was 1958. Jean Hilliker had divorced her fast-buck hustler husband and resurrected her maiden name. Her son, James, was ten years old. He hated and lusted after his mother and ‘summoned her dead.’ She was murdered three months later.
The Hilliker Curse is a predator’s confession, a treatise on guilt and on the power of malediction, and above all, a cri de c ur. James Ellroy unsparingly describes his shattered childhood, his delinquent teens, his writing life, his love affairs and marriages, his nervous breakdown, and the beginning of a relationship with an extraordinary woman who may just be the long-sought Her.
A layered narrative of time and place, emotion and insight, sexuality and spiritual quest, The Hilliker Curse is a brilliant, soul-baring revelation of self. It is unlike any memoir you have ever read.
From the Hardcover edition.
Brand new stories by: Thomas Adcock, Kevin Baker, Thomas Bentil, Lawrence Block, Jerome Charyn, Suzanne Chazin, Terrence Cheng, Ed Dee, Joanne Dobson, Robert Hughes, Marlon James, Sandra Kitt, Rita Laken, Miles Marshall Lewis, Pat Picciarelli, Abraham Rodriguez Jr., S.J. Rozan, Steven Torres, and Joe Wallace.
S.J. Rozan was born and raised in the Bronx and is a lifelong New Yorker. She’s the author of eight novels in the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith series, and of the stand alones Absent Friends and In This Rain forthcoming. Her books have won Edgar, Nero, Macavity, and Shamus awards for best novel. She’s at work on another series novel, Shanghai Moon.
Chicago Noir is a legitimate heir to the noble literary tradition of the greatest city in America. Nelson Algren and James Farrell would be proud. Stephen Elliott, author of Happy Baby If ever a city was made to be the home of noir, it’s Chicago. These writers go straight to Chicago s noir heart. Aleksandar Hemon, author of Nowhere ManBrand new stories by: Neal Pollack, Achy Obejas, Alexai Galaviz Budziszewski, Adam Langer, Joe Meno, Peter Orner, Kevin Guilfoile, Bayo Ojikutu, Jeff Allen, Luciano Guerriero, Claire Zulkey, Andrew Ervin, M.K. Meyers, Todd Dills, C.J. Sullivan, Daniel Buckman, Amy Sayre Roberts, and Jim Arndorfer. The city of Chicago has spent much time and money over the last decade marketing itself as a tourist friendly place for the whole family. It’s got a shiny new Millennium Park, a spaceship in the middle of Soldier Field, and thousands of identical faux brick condo buildings that seem to spring from the ground overnight. Chicago’s rough and tumble tough guy reputation has been replaced by a postcard with a lake view. But that city’s not gone. The hard bitten streets once represented by James Farrell and Nelson Algren may have shifted locales, and they may be populated by different ethnicities, but Chicago is still a place where people struggle to survive and where, for many, crime is the only means for their survival. The stories in Chicago Noir reclaim that territory. Chicago Noir is populated by hired killers and jazzmen, drunks and dreamers, corrupt cops and ticket scalpers and junkies. It’s the Chicago that the Department of Tourism doesn’t want you to see, a place where hard cases face their sad fates, and pay for their sins in blood. These are stories about blocks that visitors are afraid to walk. They tell of a Chicago beyond Oprah, Michael Jordan, and deep dish pizza. This isn’t someone’s dream of Chicago. It’s not even a nightmare. It’s just the real city, unfiltered. Chicago Noir.
Brand new stories by: David Simon, Laura Lippman, Tim Co*ckey, Rob Hiaasen, Robert Ward, Sujata Massey, Jack Bludis, Rafael Alvarez, Marcia Talley, Joseph Wallace, Lisa Respers France, Charlie Stella, Sarah Weinman, Dan Fesperman, Jim Fusilli, and Ben Neihart.
Laura Lippman has lived in Baltimore most of her life and she would have spent even more time there if the editors of the Sun had agreed to hire her earlier. She attended public schools and has lived in several of the city’s distinctive neighborhoods, including Dickeyville, Tuscany Canterbury, Evergreen, and South Federal Hill.
Brand new stories by: Michael Connelly, Janet Fitch, Susan Straight, Hector Tobar, Patt Morrison, Robert Ferrigno, Gary Phillips, Christopher Rice, Naomi Hirahara, Jim Pascoe, Scott Phillips, Diana Wagman, Lienna Silver, Brian Ascalon Roley, and Denise Hamilton. Denise Hamilton writes the Eve Diamond series. Her books have been shortlisted for the Edgar, Macavity, Anthony, and Willa Cather awards. The Los Angeles Times named Last Lullaby a Best Book of 2004, and it was also a USA Today Summer Pick and a finalist for a Southern California Booksellers Association 2004 award. Her fourth Eve Diamond novel, Savage Garden, is a Los Angeles Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Southern California Booksellers Association award for Best Mystery of 2005.
Brand new stories by: John Burdett, Peter Blauner, Charles Ardai, Henry Blodget, Twist Phelan, Larry Light, James Hime, Jason Starr, Lauren Sanders, Tim Broderick, Reed Farrel Coleman, Jim Fusilli, Mark Haskell Smith, and more.
Peter Spiegelman is the Shamus Award winning author of Black Maps Knopf, 2003, Death’s Little Helpers Knopf, 2005, and Red Cat Knopf, 2007, which feature private detective and Wall Street refugee John March. Spiegelman is a twenty year veteran of the financial services and software industries, and has worked with banks, brokerage houses, and central banks in major markets around the world. He lives in Connecticut.
Brand new stories by: Paco Ignacio Taibo II, Eugenio Aguirre, Eduardo Antonia Parra, Bernardo Fern ndez Bef, scar de la Borbolla, Rolo D ez, Victor Luiz Gonz lez, F.G. Haghenbeck, Juan Hern ndez Luna, Myriam Laurini, Eduardo Monteverde, and Julia Rodr guez. Paco Ignacio Taibo II was born in Gij n, Spain, and has lived in Mexico since 1958. He is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, which have been published in many languages around the world, including a mystery series starring Mexican Private Investigator H ctor Belascoar n Shayne. He is a professor of history at the Metropolitan University of Mexico City.
Includes brand new stories by: Edwidge Danticat, Rodney Saint Eloi, Madison Smartt Bell, Gary Victor, M.J. Fi vre, Marvin Victor, Yanick Lahens, Louis Philipe Dalembert, Kettly Mars, Marie Ketsia Theodore Pharel, Evelyne Trouillot, Katia Ulysse, Ibi Aanu Zoboi, Nadine Pinede, and others. Haiti has a tragic history and continues to be one of the most destitute places on the planet, especially in the aftermath of the earthquake. Here, however, Edwidge Danticat reveals that even while the subject matter remains dark, the caliber of Haitian writing is of the highest order.
The 2005 edition of The Best American Crime Writing offers the year’s most shocking, compelling, and gripping writing about real life crime, including Peter Landesman’s article about female sex slaves the most requested and widely read New York Times story of 2004, a piece from The New Yorker by Stephen J. Dubner the coauthor of Freakanomics about a high society silver thief, and an extraordinarily memorable ‘ode to bar fights’ written by Jonathan Miles for Men’s Journal after he punched an editor at a staff party. But this year’s edition includes a bonus an original essay by James Ellroy detailing his fascination with Joseph Wambaugh and how it fed his obsession with crime even to the point of selling his own blood to buy Wambaugh’s books. Smart, entertaining, and controversial, The Best American Crime Writing is an essential edition to any crime enthusiast’s bookshelf.