Photo: via Reddit
Culture

The Best James Ellroy Books  

Reference
228 votes 76 voters 3.5k views

List Rules Vote for the James Ellroy novels you just couldn't put down. If you haven't read a book, don't downvote it.

List of the best James Ellroy books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that James Ellroy is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. Ellroy's crime fiction is some of the best ever written. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of James Ellroy who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.

This list features books like The Black Dahlia, L.A. Confidential, and more! What are James Ellroy's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
Ranker may collect a commission from links on this page.
1
American Tabloid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
James Ellroy
2
The Big Nowhere is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
James Ellroy
3
White Jazz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
James Ellroy
4
L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
James Ellroy
5
The Black Dahlia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
James Ellroy
6
The Cold Six Thousand is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
James Ellroy
7
Blood's a Rover is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
James Ellroy
8
Clandestine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
James Ellroy
9
Suicide Hill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
James Ellroy
10
My Dark Places is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
James Ellroy
11
L.A.Noir is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
James Ellroy
12
Because the Night is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
James Ellroy
13
Blood on the Moon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
James Ellroy
14
Killer on the Road is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
James Ellroy
15
The Dudley Smith Trio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
James Ellroy
16
Destination: Morgue! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
James Ellroy
17
Crime Wave is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
James Ellroy
18
Brown's Requiem is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
James Ellroy
19
Loco por Donna is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
James Ellroy
20
Hollywood Nocturnes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
James Ellroy