Title: Destination: Morgue!
Author: James Ellroy
Rating: ★ ★ ½
Keywords: true crime, autobiography
Reading period: November 28–December 20, 2015
A collection of James Ellroy's articles on crime
and his own past.
I've enjoyed Ellroy in the past but I found this unreadable.
I tried it twice but abandoned it halfway through.
Ellroy's writing is self-indulgent, irritating, grandiose,
and full of tiresome stylistic tics.
Title: In Cold Blood
Author: Truman Capote
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Keywords: true crime
Reading period: 3–8 May, 2015
In Cold Blood,
Truman Capote's bestselling non-fiction novel,
describes the 1959 murder of a wealthy farmer and his family,
which terrorized Kansas;
the investigation by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation;
the arrest six weeks later of two parolees,
Dick Hickock and Perry Smith;
and the lives and deaths of Hickock and Smith.
Smith was a ne'er-do-well, brought up by footloose alcoholic parents,
with two siblings dead of suicide,
while Hickock had been brought up in a good home.
Capote “recreated” the events of the Clutter murder
and, incidentally, helped create the genre …continue.
Title: The Best American Crime Writing 2005
Author: Otto Penzler (editor), Thomas H. Cook (editor)
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Keywords: non-fiction, crime
Reading period: 9-16 December, 2007
Female sex slaves, Ukrainian oligarchs, an obsessive silver thief,
white-collar criminals facing jail time, virus writers,
self-destructive surgeons, and the Madrid bombers,
are just some of the stories in this collection
of non-fiction writing on crime and criminals,
published in various magazines in 2005.
The book is bracketed by two pieces by James Ellroy.
In the foreword, he argues that
"true-crime writing offers a less kineticized and
more sobering set of thrills [than crime fiction]—chiefly
couched in human revelation".
In the concluding …continue.