Does Ellroy’s This Storm prove he’s past his brilliant and manic prime? Or just that his editors gave him too much leeway?
In Perfidia we see a more mature James Ellroy, for the first time passing political judgement on his own society.
In the Hopkins trilogy, James Ellroy bled for his characters, the way Hemingway talked of it, even if it isn’t his best work yet.
In Underworld USA, Ellroy eclipses even weirdness. Moving beyond into a genre and status that is just Ellroy on his own.