Silent Terror Paperback – 17 Sep 1990
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"Ellroy is the author of some of the most powerful crime novels ever written" (Frank Rich, New York Times)
"The most distinctive crime writer of his generation" (John Williams, Sunday Times)
"Ellroy has produced some of the best crime fiction written this century, Hammett and Chandler included" (Chris Sullivan, Loaded)
Compulsive crime fiction fromone of the most important American writers alive today.
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The characterisation is exceptionally good and the monster is painted just human enough that you can get a handle on him.
Fantastically paced, with not a word of flab - this is a magnificent book and one of my favourite Ellroys.
The book is the autobiography of a serial killer, Martin Plunkett. Ellroy's recent memoir The Hilliker Curse makes it clear how much of the killer's past is actually the author's own. Ellroy says that he wished his mother dead, not long before she was murdered; Plunkett engineers his mother's death. The young Ellroy had an intense fantasy life and shied away from his peers at school; Plunkett 'brain scans' mental movies to shut out reality. From his childhood into his teenage years, Ellroy prowled the streets of his LA neighbourhood, peeping in windows and later burgling houses; Plunkett does the same. As a young man drifting between menial jobs, Ellroy moved to San Francisco; Plunkett goes there as well, but unlike the author he never returns to LA: he kills for the first time in San Francisco (his victim sounds a lot like a woman Ellroy met briefly in a laundromat and obsessed about for years), then sets out on a long, destructive road trip across America.
There's a skilful depiction of Plunkett's moods and obsessions changing over the years. Fixating on Charles Manson, he contrives a meeting with Manson in prison. His first killings suddenly bring to an end a contented time spent working alone in the countryside, his head filled with soothing colours.Read more ›
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Prose is very American and sometimes quite difficult to understand.Published 10 months ago by Ure Ther
In the introduction to L.A. Noir, Ellroy says that he wrote Blood on the Moon, the first of the Lloyd Hopkins trilogy, and then read Thomas Harris' Red Dragon. Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2013 by J