ELLROY READS – Bang The Drum Slowly by Mark Harris
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by Steve Powell
2d ago
In the latest episode of ELLROY READS, I look at James Ellroy’s love of baseball and his admiration for the baseball novels of Mark Harris, specifically Bang the Drum Slowly. I also discuss baseball as a subject in Ellroy’s novel, particularly his portrayal of the Battle of Chavez Ravine in White Jazz. Hope you enjoy watching and please comment, subscribe, share, like etc ..read more
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ELLROY READS – The Little Drummer Girl by John le Carre
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by Steve Powell
1w ago
In the latest episode of ELLROY READS, I look at Ellroy’s admiration for the work of British spy novelist John le Carré. The novel for this week’s episode is one of le Carré’s best – The Little Drummer Girl. I also share some personal anecdotes about my time with Ellroy and his wife Helen Knode. Hope you enjoy watching and please comment, subscribe, share, like etc ..read more
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Cinnamon Girl: An Interview with Daniel Weizmann
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by Steve Powell
2w ago
Cinnamon Girl is the new novel by Daniel Weizmann, the second in his Pacific Coast Highway Mystery series, which stars Lyft-driver-turned-private-detective Adam Zantz. In the first novel, The Last Songbird, Zantz gets roped into investigating the disappearance of Annie Linden, a one-time famous singer who has been burnt-out by fame. In Cinnamon Girl, Zantz investigates the dark legacy of a band calling themselves ‘The Daily Telegraph’. The story is ‘The Daily Telegraph’ could have made the big time, but Zantz finds that the truth is a lot murkier and criminally-motivated than it first appears ..read more
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ELLROY READS – Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
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by Steve Powell
2w ago
For the latest episode of Ellroy Reads, I take the viewer back to 1981 and the start of the serial killer genre craze that began with the publication of Thomas Harris’s Red Dragon. Red Dragon, the novel that introduced Dr Hannibal ‘the Cannibal’ Lector to the world, had a huge effect on genre fiction. It also had a profound influence on the work of James Ellroy, who would strive to write great serial killer novels for several years before finding his voice on other subjects. Enjoy the video and please comment, subscribe, like, share and spread the Ellrovian word ..read more
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ELLROY READS – ‘No Beast So Fierce’ by Edward Bunker
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by Steve Powell
3w ago
The latest episode of ‘Ellroy Reads’ is out now. I discuss Edward Bunker’s classic debut novel No Beast So Fierce. Dig it Kats ..read more
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Thoughts on CrimeFest 2024
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by Steve Powell
1M ago
I’ve just got back from Bristol where I attended my first CrimeFest, as Love Me Fierce in Danger: The Life of James Ellroy was nominated for the HRF Keating award. I didn’t win but met so many wonderful people, including the fabulous Ayo Onatade, that I felt like a winner. I’d heard a lot of great things about CrimeFest over the years and I’m happy to report that they’re all true. It is definitely the funniest event that I have attended. When you’ve got brilliantly witty moderators such as Donna Moore, you can be sure to be laughing non-stop. The list of featured guests was excellent. Ayo inte ..read more
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Broken Oaths by Patricia Marques – Review
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by Steve Powell
1M ago
Broken Oaths marks the return of Patricia Marques’s Inspector Reis series. This is the third novel in the series that mixes detective and speculative fiction with fascinating results. Marques has created a world in which a minority of the population are ‘gifted’. They possess powers of telepathy and telekinesis, and are generally distrusted and discriminated against by the rest of society. Inspector Reis is in a unique position, as a policewoman who is also gifted. In the first two novels Reis, and her professional partner Aleks Voronov, investigated some fiendishly complicated cases. In Broke ..read more
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Reflections on the 2024 Edgar Awards
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by Steve Powell
1M ago
I never thought I’d win. I didn’t dare to think about it all from the moment I got the news that Love Me Fierce in Danger: The Life of James Ellroy had been nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Biographical/Critical Book. However, when I took my seat in the banquet room at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, it suddenly occurred to me that I might win, in fact, that I would win, and I’d better prepare a few words. The Marriott is a beautiful venue with world-famous Schindler Lifts (or perhaps I should say elevators). In the lobby, you input your intended floor into a keypad. You are then directed to ..read more
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ELLROY READS – ‘You Play The Black And The Red Comes Up’ by Eric Knight
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by Steve Powell
1M ago
In the latest episode of Ellroy Reads I look at Eric Knight’s You Play The Black And The Red Comes Up. I discuss the influence of the novel on the hardboiled genre and Ellroy in particular. Oh, and I have some news. Love Me Fierce in Danger: The Life of James Ellroy won the Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical. I’ll be posting more about the ceremony in the coming days. Right now, I am just recovering from the jetlag and the most extraordinary few days of my life. Enjoy the video, and please comment, share, subscribe etc ..read more
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ELLROY READS – ‘Red Harvest’ by Dashiell Hammett
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by Steve Powell
1M ago
In the latest episode of Ellroy Reads I look at Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest, which is one of the single biggest influences on James Ellroy’s writing career. I also share a story of how Hammett’s biographer played a role in me landing the gig as Ellroy’s biographer. This is the last episode of Ellroy Reads I’ll film before I fly out to New York City this week, where Love Me Fierce in Danger: The Life of James Ellroy is up for Best Critical/Biographical Edgar Award. Wish me luck! Enjoy the video, and please comment, share, subscribe etc ..read more
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