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Santa Ana Orange County Register Sunday (Newspaper) - November 24, 1996, Santa Ana, California The a win a it my Rity to sunday Soi 24. Taws she via the dark roots of a writers gift review a disturbing Memoir recalling the murder of his Mother provides a Road map to James Ellroyd a crime fiction. By Michiko Kakutani the new York times it happened in 1958, when James Edroy was to the body of his Mother Jean was discovered lying in an Ivy Patch near the local Al Monte High school face up in a Blue dress a Nylon stocking and a Cotton Cord lashed around her neck. She had been dead less than 12 hours. A her face had gone slightly purple a Edroy writes. A she looked like a classic late night body its disconcerting this tone of clinical detachment this determination to process the murder of his Mother a yes his Mother through the language of 1950s noir fiction but it soon becomes Clear to the Reader of this unnerve my dark places an . Crime Memoir a a author James e11 Roy a a info Alfred a. Knopf s25. 355 pages ing Memoir that these Are techniques Edroy developed at least in part As a Means of coping with and containing the horror of his loss. His mothers murder Edroy observes in a my dark places a is what made him a writer it gave him an obsession with crime and crime novels. It left him with an oedipal fascination with older women. And for Many years it fuelled his love affair with alcohol and drugs. With this Book he not Only reopens the police files on his Moth or in an attempt to solve her Long ago murder but also sets out on a quest to come to terms with this elusive woman who posthumously dominated his life. The resulting Book is half confessional Memoir half hard boiled crime chronicle. There Are Long portions of a my dark places that will remind Ell roys readers of his novels nov Els such As a the big nowhere and Quot the Black Dahlia that read like Chandler crossed with Tarantino Hammett hybridized with Spillane. There a the same scabrous staccato prose the same Eye for grisly details the same intimate knowledge of the seamy Side of life. The setting too is familiar Dos Angeles and its environs a hot a rough and ready place a built from land grabs and racial grief a a place defined by the brutal murders raves and As James Ellroy the author of the big nowhere and the Black Dahlia explores my dark places saults that haunt its streets. Ellroyd a parents a met sizzled wed and settled in in the i a they were a great looking cheap couple a he recalls a along the lines of Hubert Mitch Uin and Jane Russell in a she was a registered nurse. He was a no certified accountant. Their acrimonious marriage ended in 1954, and Jean Ellroy moved to the Hick town of Al Monte in the san Gabriel Valley what her son Calls a White trash a Tel Monte was a smoggy void a Ellroy writes. A people parked on their lawns and hosed Down their cars in their underwear. The sky was carcinogenic Tan a though Ellroyd smother sent him to Church and made him do his Homework he saw her drinking on weekends and carrying on with men. He says his father fed his contempt. He depicted her As a Lush and a whore. When her body was found the Hilyear old Ellroy rejoiced a i hated her i hated Al Monte. Some unknown killer just bought me a Brand new Beautiful life he did not attend her funeral. Ellroy was 17 when his father died and he began to live like one of the Low lifes he describes in his novels. He began a decade of drinking and drugging. It was writing that enabled Ellroy to Channel his obsessions his fascination with crime and his unresolved feelings about his Mother into a productive outlet. He quit drinking got a Job As a Caddy and began churning out books. Ellroyd a Girlfriend had been urging him to find out who his Mother was and Why she died and in 1994, he decided to try to reopen her police file. The remainder of a my dark places recounts the Story of his investigation. 1 9 1 -1,i to 11 the world of Rooks in Orange county our guide to coming Book signings readings and other events of literary interest. A a word up Book signing noon-5 p m Friday and saturday noon 2 30 p m dec. I. Richard Nixon Library amp Birthplace 18001 Yorba Linda blvd Yorba Linda Call 993-5075. Author Mary Evans Seeley signs her illustrated of fee table Book a a season a greetings from the White House a a a collection of presidential Christmas cards messages and gifts. Artist Michelle Amsbury will be on hand saturday and dec. I noon-5 p signing the Library a 1996 collectible Christmas ornament. A a events All area codes Are 714 unless otherwise indicated a today Book signing 2 p m Barnes amp Noble 7777 Edinger ave Huntington Beach. Call 897-8781 family members of late columnist Jack Smith including his widow Denise Smith sign copies of his Book Quot eternally Book signing 4 p m. Different drummer books 1294 s coast Highway Laguna Beach. Call 497-6699 tone Osborn reads from and signs her new Book Quot coming Home to America a Road map to Gay and lesbian author appearance 5pm cof fee Tea amp mystery 13232 Springdale Westminster Call 898-clue Lucy Chase Williams discusses Quot the Complete film works of Vincent Price Quot a tribute to the actor that includes information on each of his too movies a wednesday Holiday Reading 6 p m Barnes amp Noble 6326 e Pacific coat Highway Long Beach. Call 310 431-2253 dancers from the los Angeles classical Ballet read selections and act out scenes from Quot the a saturday Book signing 11 a in Vroman s Bookstore 695 e Colorado blvd., Pasadena Call 800 769-Book children s Book Illustrator Rex Bannon reads and signs Quot Irma the flying Bowling Book signing la 30a m Borders recommended Reading a a title Quot betting on the Muse Quot a a author Charles Bukowski a a information Black spar Row press $15 the critics have slagged him the literary crowds have ignored him and the pompous universities have lifted their noses but do any of us really listen to these people Charles Bukowski is one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century i will say it loud and Clear. There will be no critiques no analysis and no objections to a betting on the Muse a a a new collection of poems and Short stones published two years after the death of the author. 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