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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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My mother told me about the Black Dahlia when I was growing up. The entire mystery was intriguing to me. I loved listening to it. Very raw. Not for the prudish or squimish. ( )
  NanaDebs | Jan 9, 2017 |
I got about 3/4 of the way thru and just could not bear it any longer. An unrelentingly hopeless story with unlikeable characters filled with dark desires doing senselessly crude and stupid things. Even the good writing couldn't make me want to finish it.
  Storeetllr | Dec 29, 2016 |
I know it's a classic. I like suspense. I wanted to like it. But I didn't. Even for an average-lengthed book, it felt long and overraught. For whatever reason that was my reaction, but Ellroy is a good writer so worth a shot to try him out. ( )
  penguinasana | Nov 21, 2016 |
In the noir history of Los Angeles there is the unsolved murder mystery of Elizabeth Short. Her mutilated body was found dumped in an empty lot on January 15, 1947. The crime created a sensation at that time, and to this day remains unsolved.

Noir author James Ellroy here creates a story concerning two policemen who are involved on the fringes of the police investigation of Elizabeth Short, dubbed The Black Dahlia by the press. This is an entertaining novel about the lives and loves of the two policemen, but Elizabeth Short has very little to do with the fiction here; she never appears as a character. ( )
  ramon4 | Oct 14, 2016 |
Cops Bleichert and Blanchard investigate the murder of a young woman called Black Dahlia in 1940s Los Angeles. They both also love the same woman, which complicates their friendship and the investigation.

This was a dark and complicated story that involved police brutality, police corruption, racism, and betrayal. It did capture well the feel and flavor of the times and the people of the story. But there was too much that happened at the end. Some things should've happened earlier in the story. I also didn't like the characters much. Overall, this was not my kind of story. ( )
  gaylebutz | Oct 5, 2016 |
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Lorenzin, LucianoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mutarelli, LourençoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peringer, StephenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vlek, RonaldTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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