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)
Brilliant performance. Thoroughly enjoyed the afterword. Loved the historic setting of Los Angeles in the forties. Some very good twist and turns. Highly recommend.
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!
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.
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