In this fictionalized treatment of a real case, Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard, both LA cops obsessed with the Black Dahlia, journey through the seamy underside of Hollywood to the core of the dead girl's twisted life.
©1987 James Ellroy; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.
"Passionate, violent, frustrating...imaginative and bizarre." (Los Angeles Times)
"Ellroy's powerful rendering of the long-reaching effects of murder gives the case new meaning." (Library Journal)
"Building like a symphony, this is a wonderful, complicated but accessible tale of ambition, insanity, passion, and deceit, with the perfect setting of booming, postwar Los Angeles." (Publishers Weekly)
Captures the tortured path a policeman makes as he chases a ghost and discovers his own demons and those of his seemingly upright "family" and fellow lawmen.
I couldn't put this story down. Great character development, fact-based fiction, action-packed plot. I want more! Yes, the language is corse, and at times offensive, but The Black Dahlia's protagonist and his fellow officers are people who spoke and thought that way.
I very much dislike James Ellroy, but I'm interested in the Black Dahlia, so I thought I'd give it a chance. No. The reviews warned about strong language, and I will reiterate that warning. There is basically only one kind of language I have a problem with and that is racial slurs. I realize that this is a book set in a different time period, but it just seems so unnecessary. Ellroy's writing is so arrogant I just couldn't stomach it.
The Narrator voice matched the story
Based on fact
His voice added to the story
I dare you to watch Black Dahlia
As you read this book you will find yourself asking for more
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...
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.
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