By Troy Patterson
Updated November 13, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST
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James Ellroy: Demon Dog of American Crime Fiction

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Guiding a historical tour of L.A. lawlessness, crime novelist James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential) spouts self-aggrandizements gross enough to make Norman Mailer blush. (Saith he, ”The books of mine are stupefyingly complex.”) But when filmmaker Reinhard Jud cuts through the bluster to explore Ellroy’s imagination — one shaped by fixations on classic noir, his mother’s murder, and California evil — he entrances us during James Ellroy: Demon Dog of American Crime Fiction with poetic salacity and rhapsodic seaminess. B

James Ellroy: Demon Dog of American Crime Fiction

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