Now, on the eve of the publication of James Ellroy's Blood's A Rover, I made the connexion. I knew Don Crutchfield was a character in the book, but until I visited his website I didn't realize that Crutchfield had written Confessions of a Hollywood P.I. Ellroy had gotten Crutchfield's permission to turn him into a character in his book.
In other words, the private dick who spent years investigating Eddie Murphy's transsexual hooker fetish, and Elvis's possible reincarnation as a thirteen year old boy, has been transformed into a character in the Underworld: U.S.A. trilogy. How badass is that?
Check out Crutchfield's zany website: www.pi4stars.com . The scenarios for the "Crutch Tv Series" are the best.
His clients included Marlan Brando, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Charles Bronson (not that he would need it). Subjects of investigation include Michael Jackson, Lisa Marie Presley, Tim Allen, Donald Trump, Roseanne, and O.J. Simpson.
The dude IS a James Ellroy novel.