First edition. Inscribed by James Ellroy. PBO. Fine in pictorial wrappers. The photograph on the cover depicts James Ellroy, age 10, just after he was told that his mother was found strangled by her own stocking. This special edition is devoted entirely to criminal behavior. Why does it fascinate us so? This is a collection of stories, factual and otherwise, written by authors who include Paul Auster, Allen Gurganus, Italo Calvino, Tim Willocks, etc. The cover story, "Dick Contino's Blues," written by James Ellroy, tells the story of Dick Contino, an Italian accordionist who wants show-business attention. To get it, he plans to fake a kidnapping where he'll appear as a hero. At the same time a serial killer is watching Dick and waiting for the right time to emerge. Collection also includes two stories of two murderers, told by the murderers themselves!
Inventory Number: 21526