Behind noir classics like L.A. Confidential
, The Black Dahlia
, and American Tabloid
is an author, an author who has, for the most part, kept his story relatively private. James Ellroy was 10 when his recently divorced and alcoholic mother hit him. He wished her dead, and three months later, her body was found dumped on the side of the road. Ellroy believed he had caused her death and has since then searched for redemption and atonement by finding the fabled “one.” In his memoir The Hilliker Curse
, James Ellroy describes his shattered childhood, youth, his relationships with women, and his inspiration for writing.
*James Ellroy will be appearing tonight at 8 p.m. at Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles, this Thursday at 7 p.m. at Vroman’s in Pasadena, and Friday at 7 p.m. at The Mystery Bookstore in L.A.