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Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

Black Dahlia (original 1987; edition 2011)

by James Ellroy

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Title:Black Dahlia
Authors:James Ellroy
Info:Windmill (2011), Paperback, 384 pages
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The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy (1987)

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The language is a bit difficult for me( french as I am) so I probably miss some cultural meaning; but I'm going on...
Done! and satistfied, some great moments with my heart beating fast and furious; but a little disappointed by an ending "convoluted"! ( )
  Gerardlionel | Apr 1, 2016 |
On January 15, 1947, the tortured body of a beautiful young woman was found in a vacant lot in Los Angeles.
This is a fictionalized treatment of the "Black Dahlia" murder.

True Crime: Fictionalized Versions..... police procedurals.....hardboiled crime...."noir with explosive psychological tension"...historical fiction.

"Passionate, violent, frustrating...imaginative and bizarre." (Los Angeles Times)
"... wonderful, complicated, but accessible tale of ambition, insanity, passion and deceit." (Publishers Weekly).

My thoughts tend toward....intense, explicit, explosive.....
  pennsylady | Feb 11, 2016 |
I wasn't impressed. ( )
  kosana | Jan 21, 2016 |
I wasn't impressed. ( )
  kosana | Jan 21, 2016 |
I enjoyed this piece of fiction. Over-obsessed cops combined with loose women make for a pretty good tale. ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
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Lorenzin, LucianoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mutarelli, LourençoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Now I fold you down, my drunkard, my navigator, My first lost keeper, to love or look at later.
- Anne Sexton
To Geneva Hilliker Ellroy 1915-1958
Twenty-nine years later, this valediction in blood
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I never knew her in life.
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On January 15, 1947, the torture-ravished body of a beautiful young woman is found in a Los Angeles vacant lot. The victim makes headlines as the Black Dahlia-and so begins the greatest manhunt in California history.Caught up in the investigation are Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard: Warrants Squad cops, friends, and rivals in love with the same woman. But both are obsessed with the Dahlia-driven by dark needs to know everything about her past, to capture her killer, to possess the woman even in death. Their quest will take them on a hellish journey through the underbelly of postwar Hollywood, to the core of the dead girl's twisted life, past the extremes of their own psyches-into a region of total madness.

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The murder of a beautiful young woman in 1947 Los Angeles sparks an investigation in which Bucky Bleichert, Lee Blanchard, L.A.P.D. Warrants Squad cops, ex-boxers, friends, and adversaries become obsessed by the case.

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