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JAMES ELLROY and GLYNN MARTIN discuss LAPD '53

LAPD '53 (Harry N. Abrams)

James Ellroy, the undisputed master of crime writing, has teamed up with the Los Angeles Police Museum to present a stunning text on 1953 LA. While combing the museum's photo archives, Ellroy discovered that the year featured a wide array of stark and unusual imagery and he has written 25,000 words that illuminate the crimes and law enforcement of the era. Ellroy offers context and layers on the wild and rich atmosphere that was police work in the city of the tarnished angels more than six decades ago. More than 80 duotone photos are spread throughout the book in the manner of hard-edged police evidence.

Praise for LAPD '53:

“LAPD ’53 is richly narrated by the bombastic James Ellroy, for whom a bar is “a dank dive and despair den of the determined dipso.” It’s a narrative-heavy follow-up to the 2004 book Scene of the Crime, also taken from the LAPD archives. . . . It’s true L.A. noir.”—Los Angeles Times

‘It’s a perfect marriage of words and pictures, but above all it is a love letter to the city of his birth. LA, says Ellroy, ‘is the town that made me and that I must return to, again and again.’ As must we." —Tatler, July 2015

James Ellroy is the award-winning author of 18 books, including The Black Dahlia, L.A. Confidential, White Jazz, American Tabloid, and The Cold Six Thousand. Ellroy's newest novel, Perfidia, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in September 2014.

Housed in the oldest surviving LAPD station, the Los Angeles Police Museum chronicles the formation and development of the LAPD from its beginnings in 1869.

Glynn Martin retired from the LAPD in 2002, following 20 years of service in various uniformed, and undercover assignments.  Martin accepted his current position as the executive director of the nonprofit Los Angeles Police Museum more than ten years ago.  Martin has been honored to work closely with James Ellroy on numerous projects to support the Museum for the past decade.

Event date: 
Friday, June 19, 2015 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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