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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.
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American Tabloid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
American Tabloid James Ellroy

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17 3
L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
L.A. Confidential James Ellroy

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18 5
The Cold Six Thousand is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
The Cold Six Thousand James Ellroy

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14 2
The Big Nowhere is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
The Big Nowhere James Ellroy

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19 8
The Black Dahlia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
The Black Dahlia James Ellroy

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12 3
White Jazz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
White Jazz James Ellroy

7
8 2
Blood's a Rover is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
Blood's a Rover James Ellroy

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3 1
Because the Night is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
Because the Night James Ellroy

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Clandestine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
Clandestine James Ellroy

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Suicide Hill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
Suicide Hill James Ellroy

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2 1
L.A.Noir is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
L.A.Noir James Ellroy

12
2 1
Killer on the Road is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
Killer on the Road James Ellroy

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The Dudley Smith Trio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
The Dudley Smith Trio James Ellroy

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Destination: Morgue! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
Destination: Morgue! James Ellroy

15
2 2
My Dark Places is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
My Dark Places James Ellroy

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Loco por Donna is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
Loco por Donna James Ellroy

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Crime Wave is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
Crime Wave James Ellroy

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1 2
Hollywood Nocturnes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
Hollywood Nocturnes James Ellroy

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1 2
Brown's Requiem is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
Brown's Requiem James Ellroy

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0 1
Blood on the Moon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best James Ellroy Books
Blood on the Moon James Ellroy