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James Ellroy

Demon Dog of Crime Fiction

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Part of the Crime Files Series book series (CF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Steven Powell
    Pages 1-7
  3. Steven Powell
    Pages 8-48
  4. Steven Powell
    Pages 129-168
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 216-225

About this book


James Ellroy: Demon Dog of Crime Fiction is a study of all of Ellroy's key works, from his debut novel Brown's Requiem to the epic Underworld USA trilogy. This book traces the development of Ellroy's writing style and the importance of his Demon Dog persona to carving out his unique place in American crime fiction.


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About the authors

Steven Powell is a researcher at the University of Liverpool, UK. He is the editor of Conversations with James Ellroy (2012) and 100 American Crime Writers (2012). He has written several articles for the British Politics Review, blogs about crime fiction at, and co-organised the James Ellroy: Visions of Noir conference at the University of Liverpool.

Bibliographic information


“He writes in a readable way, wears his learning lightly, and puts his discussions with Ellroy to good use. If you are interested in studying Ellroy, this thoughtful … book will prove a valuable and important resource.” (Martin Edwards, Do You Write Under Your Own Name,, January, 2016)