This is my second time through this book and I think I agree with my earlier four star rating, though in retrospect it may have dropped a half of a star or so (I'm sure Mr. Ellroy will lose a lot of sleep over this). This is the best of Ellroy's early books that I have read. Though serial killer fiction is well past overdone now, it was pretty cutting edge when Killer on the Road was written. It is a chilling book that captures your attention and fixes it on something, and someone, very ugly.
This is a fairly graphic book, though nothing like the brutal violence of The Big Nowhere (in the eyesockets? Is that even possible?)
For those who demand books that don't involve dog murder, there is a fairly graphic example early on in this one. (You were warned Melki)