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This Marcia Clark Murder Mystery is 100% O.J. Free

After working on it for the past five years, former O.J. Simpson trial lead prosecutor Marcia Clark is finally ready to share her debut novel. Titled Guilt by Association, it’s out today from Little, Brown imprint Mulholland Books.

Clark told the LA Times earlier this week that her book is a “beach read”, and certainly the plot description at MarciaClarkBooks.com seems to bear that out. The synopsis begins:

DA Rachel Knight lives and breathes her work and disdains office politics—a combustible combination that often gets her into trouble… At the end of a typical ten-hour day, Rachel has her sights set on an ice-cold martini at the Biltmore Hotel, where she lives. But on her way she’s sidetracked by the wail of sirens and the commotion of a crime scene. Cops swarm around a seedy motel, where Rachel is surprised to discover that Jake, a dear friend and fellow prosecutor, has been murdered.

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James Ellroy: ‘I Don’t View LA As Any Place Other Than My Stomping Grounds’

In part two of our discussion with novelist and TV host James Ellroy, we discuss what makes Los Angeles such a compelling city for stories about crime.

Ellroy is the creator and host of “James Ellroy’s LA: City of Demons” on Investigation Discovery.

“I come from LA, I was born on Wilshire boulevard in 1948, in the film noir epicenter during the film noir era. I don’t view LA as any place other than my stomping grounds,” Ellroy says. “This show reconciles all the paradoxes within me, and in an engaging, amusing and consistently non-solipsistic way.”

In Part I, we spoke to Ellroy about his new program on ID, including his animated co-host, the police dog Barko.

In Part III, which will run tomorrow on GalleyCat, Ellroy discusses his writing.

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.

James Ellroy To Appear In Playboy

James Ellroy.jpgCrime novelist James Ellroy has written a four-part serial for Playboy Magazine entitled “The Hilliker Curse,” about his relationships with women. The first installment recently hit newsstands in the April issue. Scott Timberg writes in the LA Times:

“The Hilliker Curse” has the mix of hyped-up prose and rapid storytelling that readers expect from Ellroy’s novels, blended with a reflective quality he’s rarely shown in the past.

Whereas the first installment revisits his childhood, the unsolved murder and his teenage peeping, ensuing chapters look at how his mother’s death drove him to search for the perfect woman, to seek out both prostitutes and (fruitlessly) women of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, to pass notes with his phone number in coffee shops, to send literally thousands of dollars in flowers.

Now 61, he is, he says, in “an erotic frenzy.” (“James Ellroy: Why I Chase Women,” Playboy’s April cover boasts.)