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Martin Michael Plunkett is a product of his times--the possessor of a genius intellect, a pitiless soul of brushed steel, and a heart of blackest evil. With criminal tendencies forged in the fires of L.A's Charles Manson hysteria, he comes to the bay city of San Francisco--and submits to savage and terrible impulses that reveal to him his true vocation as a pure and perfect murderer. And so begins his decade of discovery and terror, as he cuts a bloody swath across the full length of a land, ingeniously ...
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Martin Michael Plunkett is a product of his times--the possessor of a genius intellect, a pitiless soul of brushed steel, and a heart of blackest evil. With criminal tendencies forged in the fires of L.A's Charles Manson hysteria, he comes to the bay city of San Francisco--and submits to savage and terrible impulses that reveal to him his true vocation as a pure and perfect murderer. And so begins his decade of discovery and terror, as he cuts a bloody swath across the full length of a land, ingeniously exploiting and feeding upon a society's obsessions. As he maneuvers deftly through a seamy world of drugs, flesh, and perversions, the media will call him many things--but Martin Plunkett's real name is Death. His brilliant, twisted mind is a horrifying place to explore. His madness reflects a nation's own. The killer is on the road. And there's nowhere in America to hide.

In one of Ellroy's most fascinating and grueling novels, the twisted, mortally brilliant mind of serial murderer Martin Plunkett, is laid open for the reader, with chilling, pulse-pounding realism. A gripping novel from the author of The Black Dahlia and The Big Nowhere. Reissue.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380899340
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/15/1986
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.91 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

James Ellroy

James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His L.A. quartet — The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential and White Jazz — were international bestsellers. American Tabloid was Time's Novel of the Year in 1995; his memoir My Dark Places was Time's Best Book and a New York Times Notable book for 1996. His novel The Cold Six Thousand was a New York Times Notable Book and Los Angeles Times Best Book for 2001. He lives on the coast of California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2008

    Excellent Read

    I have to admit that most of Ellroy's novels are post dated for me from a setting standpoint but even the post dating in the novel can not keep it at bay. If you are a serial killer novel reader and have always wondered what a story from the killers side would read like....here is your chance. One of my favorite books ever!!!

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