James Ellroy: LAPD ’53 Reviewed

LAPD ‘53 James Ellroy with Glynn Martin 2015 Abrams Image     When I think James Ellroy I think 1950s hardboiled edgy fiction and attitudes and mostly California. So a book titled LAPD 53? Hell yes I’m interested. This is non-fiction, a photo book plus. Co-Written by with Glynn Martin (executive director of Los Angeles Police Museum) it is a slice of history served up with no pretention or glamour. Filled with photos taken by and for LAPD in the calendar year of 1953 this is full of striking and interesting images that any crime fiction or true crime fan will love. It’s not all crime scenes either, there are shots of victims sure,...

In Praise of James Ellroy, 2015 Grand Master Mar04

In Praise of James Ellroy, 2015 Grand Master

From the latest issue of Crimespree on James Ellroy’s Birthday we give to you: In Praise of James Ellroy, 2015 Grand Master By Craig McDonald A few days back, the reminder came from Mr. Jon Jordan that the time had arrived for another CrimeSpree column. I was also kindly extended the offer to chip in my picks for year’s favorites in books, films, comics and the like. That second is a real struggle for me this round. I didn’t put my foot into the comic pool much at all this year, other than to sample an issue of the new Justice Inc. title to see if someone would finally deliver a compelling comic version of Doc Savage (I can’t say they...

Film Review: RAMPART Feb21

Film Review: RAMPART

Directed by Oren Moverman Written by James Ellroy There have been many adaptations of James Ellroy’s work: Cop, starring James Woods which was based on Blood on the Moon, The Black Dahlia with Josh Hartnett, LA Confidential with Russell Crowe, and Street Kings with Keanu Reeves, which featured a screenplay by James Ellroy. Now if you’ve read Ellroy as I have – which means in detail, faithfully, every book that he releases as well as seeing him on his spoken word tours (to me, James Ellroy’s spoken word is kind of like Iggy Pop) – you know that none of those films have come close to the full power of a James Ellroy crime novel. Ellroy novels...

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Apr09

Our mailing service is shipping the latest issue, as I type it should be on trucks driven be dedicated postal workers. Jeremy Lynch did a really nice interview with Don Winslow and the guest editorial from Jen Forbus is terrific.In this issue we have:. GUEST EDITORIAL by Jen ForbusLEGACY OF RICHARD STARKHANGING WITH AYO – Q & A WITH JUSSI ADLER-OLSENWHAT HAPPENS WHEN A SPYLOSES CONTROL OF HIS MIND by Keith Thomson                                   FICTION:...

Tom Hanks to bring James Ellroy to HBO.

Celebrated actor Tom Hanks will be tackling the work of James Ellroy for HBO.Hanks’ production company, Playtone, is coming off of tremendous success with the HBO mini’series John Adams. They will bring Ellroy’s American Tabloid and, it’s sequel The Cold Six Thousand, to the same channel.”We are behind, and below, the scenes of JFK’s presidential election, the Bay of Pigs, the assassination–in the underworld that connects Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, D.C. . . .Where the CIA, the Mob, J. Edgar Hoover, Howard Hughes, Jimmy Hoffa, Cuban political exiles, and various loose cannons conspire in a covert...