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James Ellroy

James EllroyAKA Lee Earle Elroy

Born: 4-Mar-1948
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Novelist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: L.A. Confidential

Military service: US Army

James's mother Geneva Hilliker Ellroy was strangled when he was only 10 years old. James became a true crime junkie, following the details of the Black Dahlia case. On his deathbed, James's father offered his last piece of advice: "Try to pick up every waitress who serves you." He grew up to be a wino and petty thief with 30 arrests between 1965 and 1977. Eventually he gave up drinking and began writing crime novels.

Father: Armand Ellroy
Mother: Geneva Hilliker Ellroy (d. 1958 murder)
Wife: Helen Knode (author/critic)

    High School: Fairfax High School, Los Angeles, CA

    Alcoholics Anonymous
    Dishonorable Discharge
    Risk Factors: Vegetarian, Alcoholism

    Wonder Boys (22-Feb-2000)

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Author of books:
Brown's Requiem (1981, novel)
Clandestine (1982, novel)
Blood on the Moon (1984, novel)
Because The Night (1984, novel)
Suicide Hill (1985, novel)
Killer on the Road (1986, novel)
The Black Dahlia (1987, novel)
The Big Nowhere (1988, novel)
L.A. Confidential (1990, novel)
White Jazz (1992, novel)
Hollywood Nocturnes (1994, novel)
American Tabloid (1995, novel)
My Dark Places (1996, novel)
Crime Wave (1999, novel)
The Cold Six Thousand (2001, novel)
Destination: Morgue! (2004, novel)

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