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Hollywood Nocturnes

Fiction: Mystery & Detective
Unabridged   6.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 07/09/2013

Hollywood Nocturnes

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Digital Download ISBN:9781622310586


A novella and five short stories from one of the most hard-boiled writers in American crime fiction.

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Product Description

Nobody plays accordion like Dick Contino. His skilled fingers can find beauty in even the schmaltziest borscht belt favorites, and with his matinee-idol looks he could be a real star. Right now, though, he’s slumming it as the headliner in a Grade Z teenybopper picture called Daddy-O. He’s too good for this movie, and finishing it is going to take him to a very dark place.

Daddy-O and Dick Contino are both real, their stories dredged out of the past by James Ellroy, a master of historical crime fiction. In Dick Contino’s Blues he takes us to B-List Hollywood in 1957-a time when movies were cheerful and dirty secrets lurked just off camera. Included along with the novella are five short stories, all in the author’s inimitable tough-bitten style.

  • “Dick Contino’s Blues”
  • “High Darktown”
  • “Dial Axminster 6-400”
  • “Since I Don’t Have You”
  • “Gravy Train”
  • “Torch Number”


“A good introduction to one of crime fiction’s grittier masters.”
      —Library Journal

“Black-and-blue in tone and garishly colored in content and style.”
      —New York Times Book Review

“Required reading for those who take their crime fiction gritty, dark and a few degrees below boiling.”
      —Publishers Weekly

“A must for Ellroy fans.”
      —San Francisco Chronicle

Author Bio

JAMES ELLROY was born in Los Angeles in 1948. He is the author of the acclaimed L.A. Quartet: The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, LA Confidential, and White Jazz, as well as the Underworld USA trilogy: American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand, and Blood’s a Rover. He is the author of one work of non-fiction, The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women. Ellroy lives in Los Angeles.

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