The Mad Dog of crime writing came to Scotland and Stirling’s Nordic Noir group went to see the master in action.
The dark , wet Glasgow evening started with a well rehearsed foul-mouthed tirade, encouraging gesture and mention of an independent Scotland. Ellroy read from Perfidia, his new book, first in the prequel quartet to his already established LA quartet. The prologue and part of chapter two to be precise. His reading was eloquent and powerful as he addressed the full house at the Mitchell Theatre.
This was followed by an interview, feet up on the table, obviously enjoying the evening . There was a lot of book character based chat and Ellroy spoke in detail about characters whose heads he had been inside and those he hadn’t. He spoke about the research for his new books. In this case he had hired a researcher to map out exactly what had happened in December 1941 in LA so that he could place his fictional characters precisely in that time. He later…
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