This comprehensive guide to James Ellroy's work and life is arranged as an encyclopedia covering his entire career, from his first private-eye novel, Brown's Requiem, to his 2012 e-book Shakedown. It introduces new readers to his characters and plots, and provides experienced Ellroy fans and scholars with detailed analyses of the themes, motifs and stylistic innovations of his books. The work is a tour of Ellroy's dark underworld, highlighting the controversies and unsettling questions that characterise his work, as well as assessing Ellroy's place in the annals of American literature.
Jim Mancall is assistant provost at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, where he occasionally lectures about detective and mystery fiction. He lives in Norton, Massachusetts. Series Editor Elizabeth Foxwell, an Agatha Award winner, is managing editor of Clues: A Journal of Detection.