By James Ellroy

ISBN-10: 0307488519

ISBN-13: 9780307488510

"Astonishing . . . unique, bold, brilliant."
--Philadelphia Inquirer

In 1958 Jean Ellroy was once murdered, her physique dumped on a roadway in a seedy L.A. suburb. Her killer was once by no means came across, and the police disregarded her as a casualty of an inexpensive Saturday evening. James Ellroy used to be ten while his mom died, and he spent the following thirty-six years working from her ghost and trying to exorcize it via crime fiction. In 1994, Ellroy surrender working. He went again to L.A., to determine the reality approximately his mother--and himself.

In My darkish Places, our so much uncompromising crime author tells what occurred while he teamed up with an excellent murder cop to enquire a homicide that everybody else had forgotten--and reclaim the mum he had despised, wanted, yet by no means dared to like. What ensues is a epic of loss, fixation, and redemption, a memoir that also is a heritage of the yankee method of violence.

"Ellroy is extra strong than ever."
--The country

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A. A patrol car was dispatched to pick up Armand Ellroy. Father and son had not been in contact since their goodbyes at the depot. They were now being held in separate rooms. Hallinen and Lawton interviewed the ex-husband first. Ellroy stated that he had been divorced from the victim since 1954 and that he was exercising his child visitation rights this weekend. m. Saturday and did not see his ex-wife. He and his son took a bus to his apartment in Los Angeles. They ate lunch and went to a movie called The Vikings at the Fox-Wilshire Theatre.

Hicks Camp was just across the Pacific-Electric tracks. The houses there had dirt floors and were built from lumber ripped off of old boxcars. The movie Carmen Jones was shot at Hicks Camp in ’54. A Mexican slum was recast as a Negro sharecropper slum. The set designers did not have to change a single detail. Medina Court and Hicks Camp were full of winos and hop-heads. A favored Hicks Camp form of murder was to get your victim drunk and lay him on the railroad tracks for an oncoming freight to decapitate.

Hall of Justice—a twelve-mile shot up the San Bernardino Freeway. The Coroner’s Office and the morgue were in the basement below the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. The victim was stored on a slab in a refrigerated vault. The Kryckis viewed her separately. They both identified her as Jean Ellroy. Ervin took a formal statement and drove the Kryckis back to El Monte. The print deputy met Hallinen and Lawton outside the Ellroy bungalow. m. and still hot and humid. The bungalow was small and built of maroon-colored wood and river rock.

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