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Silent Terror Paperback – 17 Sep 1990

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (17 Sept. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099539705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099539704
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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Compulsive crime fiction fromone of the most important American writers alive today.


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One of Ellroy's early masterpieces, and probably his best stand-alone novel. Stark, dark and relentless, these are the memoirs of an utterly remorseless serial killer as he butchers his way across America. Meeting Charlie Manson in jail early on, the protagonist dismisses him as a lightweight, and from this you might be able to judge the extemity of this man's madness. Ellroy fearlessly peels away the layers of a serial killer, ultimately ending with a sardonic, nihilistic kiss off. Not for those of a nervous dispostion, this one of the best serial killer novels ever written.
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Not as good as Ellroy's LA quartet but still a riveting read. The book is done as an autobiography of a serial killer who refuses to speak after he is caught. Ellroy wrote this in the mid 80's, apparently because he was broke so did this to get a bit of money. It isn't as complex as his later novels but still has his distinctive writing style, making it the best book to introduce you to his work.
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By doublegone TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Jan. 2003
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This is a quite exceptional work of imagination (I hope!). A totally believable account of a serial killer's life and work - in his own words.
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.
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This was the last of Ellroy's 'minor' novels (it was followed by The Black Dahlia). Reportedly he wrote it in a hurry because he needed the money. He dismisses it in his first autobiographical book and doesn't mention it at all in the second. Originally it was called Killer on the Road; the publisher gave it an even worse title, Silent Terror. So is it rubbish? Of course not - this is still an Ellroy crime novel: it may lack the fever-pitch intensity of his later work, but it's dark, inventive, and infectiously readable.

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.
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