The Black Dahlia (Paperback)

Author: Ellroy, James

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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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Publisher Grand Central Pub
Mfg Part# 9780446618120
SKU 202452087
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0446618128
Release Date 9/1/2006
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Dimensions (in Inches) 6.75H x 4.25L x 1.25T
Author Info
James Ellroy
The most significant event in James Ellroy's life occurred when he was only 10 years old. His mother, an aging model who had been dubbed "America's favorite redhead" by a large cosmetics company 20 years earlier, was raped and brutally murdered. Her nude body was discovered by neighborhood kids after being dumped by the side of the road. The killer was never caught. This event would affect Ellroy's childhood so deeply that he plunged into a life of alcoholism, homelessness, and deviant behavior that included voyeurism, burglary, and drug abuse. As he began to mature, Ellroy became a golf caddy and, in his spare time, started to write. After his first novel appeared in 1981, "Brown's Requiem", Ellroy followed with a string of dark and brooding crime novels that fearlessly and bluntly depicted the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles. His second novel, "Clandestine" (1982), was a fictionalized account of his mother's murder, a topic he would address directly in his 1996 autobiography, "My Dark Places." Ellroy's reputation has been built on his uncompromising ability to portray the inner workings of psychotic, disturbed characters, whether they are serial killers or the very policemen who track them down. "L.A. Confidential" (1990), his searing expos? of 1950s Hollywood culture and society, tore away at facades of mass media, police corruption, and the film industry. Ellroy knew the scene well. His own father, who died when he was 17, once worked as Rita Hayworth's business manager. Though he has called his father "a Hollywood bottom feeder," Ellroy plumbed a lot of racy gossip from him about who was sleeping with whom in Hollywood, all of which was good fodder for the honest, irreverent novels for which he has come to be known.
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"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."
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Annotation This violent, brutal portrait of postwar Los Angeles marked the beginning of James Ellroy's long career of portraying the darker sides of the glamorous west-coast city. Revolving around the historically infamous torture and murder of Elizabeth Short in the late 1940s, THE BLACK DAHLIA's protagonists are two cops Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard who become obsessed with the gory details of Short's demise. Meanwhile they both fall for the same woman, Madeleine Sprague, a tycoon's daughter who had once slept with Short. This grim first novel in Ellroy's "LA Quartet" is rife with corrupt cops, perverse violence, and poisoned minds--a dark ode to Hollywood's underbelly.
Editors Note The author of L.A. Confidential continues his reign over crime fiction with the story--based on a real-life case--of two Los Angeles policemen whose search for the killer of a beautiful woman leads them through the underworld of postwar Hollywood. Reissue. (A Universal Pictures film, written by Josh Friedman, directed by Brian DePalma, releasing October 2006, starring Hilary Swank, Scarlett Johansson, & Josh Hartnett) (Mystery)
Editors Note 2 The murder of a beautiful young woman in 1947 Los Angeles sparks a great investigation in which Bucky Bleichert, Lee Blanchard, L.A.P.D. Warrants Squad cops, ex-boxers, friends, and adversaries become obsessed by the case.
Editors Note 3 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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Book Format Pocketbook
Number of Pages 0371
Publisher Warner Books
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