A tour through contemporary American crime fiction novelist James Ellroy's Los Angeles--guided by the prince of L.A. noir himself. As he visits the scenes of infamous crimes of the 40s and 50s, he discusses his inspirations and impeccable research for his various novels such as "The Black Dahlia," "The Big Nowhere" and "L.A. Confidential." Ellroy's tour takes a personal bent as he draws parallels between the infamous unsolved dismemberment of the 22-year-old Hollywood hopeful known as the "Black Dahlia" and the brutal, unsolved murder of his own mother when he was only 10-years-old. Candidly the author speaks about his days of alcoholism, golf caddying and his eventual move from a Los Angeles he can no longer write about.