James Ellroy is an American author of noir crime fiction and historical mystery novels. He is best known for his unique style of prose where he leaves connecting words out and writes in short sentences. He was able to condense his novel White Jazz from 900 pages to 350 by simply eliminating verbs, rather than eliminating any subplots. He is best known for his L.A. Quartet and Underworld USA Trilogy.

James Ellroy became a published author in 1981 with the standalone title Brown’s Requiem. Below is a list of James Ellroy’s books in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of Lloyd Hopkins Books


Blood on the Moon(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Because the Night(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Suicide Hill(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of L.A. Quartet Books


The Black Dahlia(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Big Nowhere(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
L.A. Confidential(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
White Jazz(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Underworld U.S.A. Books


American Tabloid(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cold Six Thousand(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blood's a Rover(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


Brown's Requiem(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Clandestine(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Killer on the Road(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Stories


Shakedown(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections


Dick Contino's Blues and Other Stories(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Crime Wave: Reportage and Fiction from the Underside of L.A.(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Destination: Morgue!(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Best American Mystery Stories Anthologies


The Best American Mystery Stories 2002(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Mystery Stories 3(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Anthologies


The Best American Crime Writing 2005(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Noir of the Century(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books


My Dark Places(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: Killer on the Road was also published under the title Silent Terror. Dick Contino’s Blues and Other Stories was also published as Hollywood Nocturnes. All anthologies are edited with Otto Penzler.

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