The Black Dahlia

The Black Dahlia

eBook - 2008
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Using the basic facts concerning the 1940s' notorious and yet unsolved Black Dahlia case, Ellroy creates a kaleidoscope of human passion and dark obsession. A young woman's mutilated body is found in a Los Angeles vacant lot. The story is seen through the eyes of Bucky Bleichert, ex-prize fighter and something of a boy wonder on the police force. There is no relief or humor as Bleichert arrives at a grisly discovery. Ellroy's powerful rendering of the long-reaching effects of murder gives the case new meaning.
Publisher: New York : Mysterious Press, 2008
ISBN: 9780446591492
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 21, 2018

Still unsolved, the mutilated body of a Holllywood starlet was found in a Los Angeles vacant lot in 1947.

Jul 29, 2017

We all act so innocent, professional and polite due to things like careers, digital footprints and Obama using the NSA under the "Patriot" Act to spy on us. But hey it's okay because he's an intellectual, democratic, pop icon so we are tolerant of his drone strikes and spying with an Act he swore to get rid of because and I quote, "I taught constitutional law for 10 years and the Patriot Act is unconstitutional." The other end of the spectrum though is dumb, dumb racist baby who tells the truth about Saudi Arabia throwing gays off buildings and mistreating women behind their back and whores our military secrets to their face. He's litcherally on the biggest reality TV show there is and I hate to give him any more attention but I doubt my review will make the news cycle. I haven't seen this many people fired since my mom was dying and psychotic from the two morphine pumps, four fentanyl suckers sticking out of her mouth, oxycontin, and methadone. I have a theory that Don is either going to die from cocaine or go off to celebrity rehab and do more for the war on drugs than any other president. The war is over and I'd like to congratulate drugs for winning. I envision Don getting clean and then legalizing and taxing all drugs to pay for long term rehab and put cartels, prisons, police, defense attorneys, gangs, DEA, CIA, and ATF stooges all out of business. Then we could just read about the uncivilized days of the Pre-enlightenment in extremely well written pulp noir. My daughter gave a live thumbs down during a lame performance at a lame camp this week and I applauded her rudeness. I'd love to see people be more honest and this book was vividly real. I have another theory that we all fall on the spectrum of mental illness, substance abuse or autism and mayhap all three. Certainly everyone in this book proved that theory correct. I can't wait to tackle the rest of this quadrilogy. So many books, so little time.

May 19, 2016

A great, sprawling epic noir story, and evidently a very personal one for the author. It has four or five good endings, though, and the author just keeps rolling on through them. A very dark story, in which no one, including the protagonist narrator, is entirely clean or innocent.

Dec 19, 2015

Did not finished the book because there were too many references to boxing - heavy weight / light weight and it interfered with the main story.

Sincerely, the book put me to sleep.

Jan 04, 2015

A crime based novel inspired by true events takes place in L.A. with a male protagonist trying to search for the truth surrounding a murder. It gave the book club an opportunity to read something a little different. This type of book was not their usual preference, (for characters, plot or setting), but it boosts everyone out of their comfort zone.

Feb 28, 2014

Colorful LA police story on two ex-boxer cops and how the city's infamous brutal black Dahlia case turned their contented lives upside down.

K_ROK Sep 01, 2013

The thing I liked most about this book is that it had characters that were really difficult to like, however you still get invested in them because of the story. Most books have at least one character that you like and get attached to, but this book makes it difficult to like any and seems to push the reader out of the comfort zone. If you don't like a dark, twisted plot then this book would not be for you. I thought it was entertaining.

Jun 29, 2013

James Ellroy is too hard to read. I am normally a fast reader but he slows me way down, so I didnt have time to finish it. Considering the subject matter one would think that he'd be more of a sympathetic writer, but he's a newspaper reporter-type writer. Just the facts and no palpable emotion

Mar 17, 2013

A creepy tale with a weird cast of characters, I had a hard time identifying with any of the characters. While the plot was vivid and the twists compelling, I found the moral darkness and turpitude made this book a difficult read. Whether it's Lee, Bucky or Kate, none seem to fit 'the good guy' profile making the entire story navigate in murky waters - which is the point.
I did love the style, however. Ellroy does a terrific job of conveying the late 40s swag attitude which fits right in with Raymond Chandler or Dashiel Hammett mysteries.

Sep 28, 2011

in a word - trash.

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Mar 18, 2014

"That palooka lays a hand on me, I'll fix his wagon air tight." --- "Hearty fare breeds hearty people, haute cuisine breeds degenerates." --- You think you clever, don't you? You the bad guy, your buddy the nice guy. You gonna hit me, he gonna escue me. Don't you clowns know that bit went out with vaudeville?" --- " 'He did what he could' isn't a bad epitaph."

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