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Like hot knives to the brain : James Ellroy's search for himself

Author: Peter Wolfe
Publisher: Lanham : Lexington Books, ©2005.
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"Often more disturbing than entertaining, James Ellroy is an author who never shies away from the ugly or repellent. Peter Wolfe examines how Ellroy transcends the genres of pulp and neo-noir fiction to write stories that are both psychologically haunting and culturally relevant. Wolfe skillfully combines biography - including the unsolved murder of Ellroy's mother - with literary analysis to provide a fascinating  Read more...
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Wolfe, Peter, 1933-
Like hot knives to the brain.
Lanham : Lexington Books, c2005
(OCoLC)607571158
Online version:
Wolfe, Peter, 1933-
Like hot knives to the brain.
Lanham : Lexington Books, c2005
(OCoLC)607722143
Named Person: James Ellroy; James Ellroy; James Ellroy
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Wolfe
ISBN: 0739108115 9780739108116
OCLC Number: 56356227
Description: xv, 266 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: An all-star cast of ruffians --
Ghostly visitations --
The art of attack --
A cosmology with mirrors --
Riding a nightmare with crazy Lloyd --
Back-door justice on the killing fields --
An all-star criminal cast.
Responsibility: Peter Wolfe.
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James Ellroy's prose, in many ways as complex as any in the Western literary canon, strung together sensational stories of crime and catastrophe. The significance of his writing to Western culture  Read more...

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