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  • Published: 18 June 1999
  • ISBN: 9780099539704
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99
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Silent Terror


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Compulsive crime fiction fromone of the most important American writers alive today.

1953-1983: 30 years of American society, from the hope of Eisenhower's presidency, to the kinky flower generation, through the death of the dream, Charles Manson, the beginning of the twisted nightmare and the moral backlash of the 80s. One Man's crimes span these years and the length and breadth of America. Martin Michael Plunkett - of genius level intelligence, articulate, ruthless, yet deranged sex killer. And beneath his calm veneer, rage voices implanted in his mind in one of the defing and deeply buried moment of his life, a moment so shocking that it takes him thirty years to bring it back into his consciousness. Sentenced to life in Sing Sing prison, Plunkett begins his autobio-graphical memoir, an account of more than fifty killing that made him America's most wanted serial killer and its greatest enigma. His account will drive even those who brought him to justice to despair.

  • Pub date: 18 June 1999
  • ISBN: 9780099539704
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

James Ellroy

James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. He is the author of the acclaimed 'LA Quartet': The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, LA Confidential and White Jazz. His novel Blood's a Rover completes the magisterial 'Underworld USA Trilogy'– the first two volumes of which (American Tabloid and The Cold Six Thousand) were both Sunday Times bestsellers. His most recent novel, Perfidia, is the first instalment in Ellroy's second 'L.A. Quartet'.

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Praise for Silent Terror

“The most distinctive crime writer of his generation”

John Williams, Sunday Times

“Ellroy has produced some of the best crime fiction written this century, Hammett and Chandler included”

Chris Sullivan, Loaded

“Ellroy is the author of some of the most powerful crime novels ever written”

Frank Rich, New York Times


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