James Ellroy on Re-Writing History

James Ellroy’s new crime fiction novel, Blood’s a Rover, takes you back to the tumultuous summer of 1968, to a world inhabited by J. Edgar Hoover, Howard Hughes, the Black Panthers, and the mob running their rackets in the Dominican Republic. Above, in his own inimitable style, Ellroy gives you the scoop on how he goes about writing historical fiction. To get a feel for the book, you can read a PDF of the first chapter here. And if you want to get the audio book for free, check out Audible.com’s standing offer.

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  1. Jason Boog says . . . | October 8, 2009 / 7:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing the link, I really appreciate it. I’m enjoying your archives as well…

  2. Dan Colman says . . . | October 8, 2009 / 9:00 pm

    Hey Jason thanks. Always nice to get a kind word.


  3. Seth Harwood says . . . | October 9, 2009 / 9:18 am

    You guys get worried when he talks about God’s mandate for what he should write? I do.

  4. Dan Colman says . . . | October 9, 2009 / 1:47 pm

    He has always been a strange duck, and that’s probably a nice way to put it.

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