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Plus five previously unpublished short stories.
“The outstanding American crime-writer of his generation”
Peter Gutteridge, Independent
“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”