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Noir novelist James Ellroy has always been determinedly shocking. He claims to have peeped through windows. He writes in detail about women split in half and killers with wolverine teeth. Now the author of such stylish whodunits as The Black Dahlia and L.A. Confidential has forsaken the rogue cops, B-movie actresses, and Hollywood riffraff of the ’40s. His latest, American Tabloid, is set during the Kennedy years and positively glories in the era’s rottenness. Ellroy reads from his sordid tale at 7 p.m. at Olsson’s, 1200 F St. NW. FREE. (202) 347-3686. (Maria Ware)