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»It is my largest novel, my most historically detailed novel, my most stylistically accessible and intimate novel.«

James Ellroy

News: James Ellroy returns to the 1940s in new four-book series what he’s calling the Second L.A. Quartet. Carolyn Kellogg reports at the Los Angeles Times.

P.S.: A letter from the author about the first volume Perfidia of this quartet.

»The book was going to be page after page of catharsis. (…) I was so angry at politicians, businesspeople, executives, bankers, 1-percenters. Seeing this constant reinforcement of inequity masked as an effort to keep people free and independent. It would fill me with this very visceral, I-want-to-hit-somebody-or-something anger.«

Charlie Huston

A writer’s life: Carolyn Kellogg in conversation with Charlie Huston. The novelist turns his dark imagination to a cyber attack and economic inequality in his latest thriller Skinner. Read the portrait at the Los Angeles Times.

»In the spectacular theft at the center of the book, robbers nabbed Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter and Edgar Allan Poe’s Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems from the New York Public Library. The Poe is so rare that McDade, the curator of rare books at the University of Illinois College of Law, says he cannot estimate its value.«

Carolyn Kellogg

Travis McDade tells in his book Thieves of Book Row: New York’s Most Notorious Rare Book Ring and the Man Who Stopped It of stealing and dealing of rare books in the early 20th century and the man who stopped it. Carolyn Kellogg reviews the book at the Los Angeles Times.