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James Ellroys epochal first collection of short fiction

Dick Contino - 50s accordian player, a star in the making, is destroyed by a draft-dodging scandal. His life is on the skids until he comes up with the idea of resurrecting his career with a fake kidnapping scam.

meanwhile a serial killer is on the loose in Los Angeles...a killer who is closer to Contino than he suspects - a killer who wants in on the kidnap - for real...

Plus five previously unpublished short stories.

Reviews

James Ellroy writes like a man possessed about men possessed

David Pascoe, Modern Review

Not since the days of Hammett and Chandler has the crime novel been so eloquent and seductive

VOX

The outstanding American crime-writer of his generation

Peter Gutteridge, Independent

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    9780099410119

    November 10, 1995

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    176 pages

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    9781448134090

    November 30, 2011

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    176 pages

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