About this book
In his first non-fiction work since his acclaimed "My Dark Places", America's greatest living crime writer presents a raw, explicit memoir of his obsessive pursuit of women in the wake of his mother's murder when he was just 10. He unsparingly describes his shattered childhood, delinquent teens, his writing life, his love affairs and marriages, a nervous breakdown and the beginning of a relationship with the woman who may just be the long-sought "her". There will be extensive review coverage, and Ellroy will be in the UK for publication.
The year was 1958. Jean Hilliker had divorced her fast-buck hustler husband and resurrected her maiden name. Her son, James, was ten years old. He hated and lusted for his mother and 'summoned her dead'. She was murdered three months later.