The author and narrator do a great job at telling Elizabeth Short's sad story. A story of a horrific murder and sleazy goings-on. Apparently, very fact based, but with a hypothetical ending. Shocking, even through Ellroy's Epilogue!
I really enjoyed everything about this book, the writing, the narration. Big thumbs up... two bad the movie didn't even come close to the book. I was glad I "read" the book first...
The book was too long and winding to get to address it's own title..."the Black Dahlia" I won't say it was a total waste but I had to force myself to finish listening to it. If I had it to do over I wouldn't spend my money on this one.
I saw the movie first, and was sorely disappointed, but had high hopes that the book would be better because the story itself is intriguing. I was wrong. Way too long. Takes forever to get to the point, if you can last that long.
This story is a fictional portrayal of the lifestyle, murder and police operations at the time of the Black Dahlia murder. It gives a very good sense of the corruption present amongst the peace officers in Los Angeles at this time. Unfortunately, very little is truly presented regarding the investigation of this horrendous crime and is really a social commentary. It is insightful into the social interaction between the police force and public, but gives very little insight into the crime other than the a description of the bloody murder scene.
I deleted this book with about 3 hours left. The narrator is awful, I'll never buy a book with him again. The story is extremely thin and it is more about the psyche of a fictional cop than about the actual Dahlia murder. It is full of racial and sexual slurs that are supposed to be period I guess but it seemed the author enjoyed the language. And it was amateurly written. Don' bother.