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James Ellroy – The Big Nowhere (1988)

Second in the LA Quartet, The Big Nowhere moves on from The Black Dahlia by having a political/historical subject – or rather two: the anti-Communist purges of the late 40’s/early 50’s and the treatment of gay men at the time (and the underworld in which they moved). Read the rest of this entry »

Henning Mankell – Faceless Killers (1991)

An elderly couple are brutally murdered in a remote farmhouse in Southern Sweden. Inspector Wallander’s only clue is that just before dying the woman whispers the word ‘foreign’. When this becomes public knowledge it leads to an upsurge in racism culminating in the murder of an immigrant. Amidst the wreckage of his personal life Wallander must hunt down two sets of killers. Read the rest of this entry »

James Ellroy – The Black Dahlia (1987)

Following my discovery of James Ellroy with my reading of the astonishing Blood’s A Rover (see http://www.reviewingtheevidence.com/review.html?id=8285 ) I have decided to start working through his canon. Read the rest of this entry »

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