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James Ellroy On His New TV Show: It is ‘The Outrageousness of Criminal Los Angeles’

The Investigation Discovery network has been on something of a tear lately, reaching new ratings heights thanks to its crime-centric programming, a topic novelist James Ellroy knows a thing or two about.

The author of LA Confidential and The Black Dahlia, among others, has been obsessing over crime ever since his mother was murdered, and the killer never caught. Now, Ellroy has been tapped for a new series for the network, “James Ellroy’s LA: City of Demons.”

We sat down with Ellroy to discuss the program, which he hosts along with an animated talking police dog named Barko. Seriously.

“LA: come in on vacation, go home on probation,” Ellroy quipped in our interview. “It is the outrageousness of me, myself, and the outrageousness of criminal Los Angeles, past and present, as deployed in my brilliant novels and memoir.”

Plus, there’s Barko.

In Part II Tuesday, Ellroy discusses what makes Los Angeles such a good backdrop for his stories.

In Part III Wednesday on GalleyCat, Ellroy discusses his books.

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