The Black Dahlia

The Black Dahlia

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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.

Baker & Taylor
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)

Baker
& Taylor

The murder of a beautiful young woman in 1947 Los Angeles sparks an investigation in which Bucky Bleichert, Lee Blanchard, L.A.P.D. Warrants Squad cops, ex-boxers, friends, and adversaries become obsessed by the case.

Publisher: New York : Mysterious Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780446698870
0446698873
Characteristics: 337 p. ; 20 cm

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PearlyBaker
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.

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dpwilkens
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.

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doremifa
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.

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CL_BookClub
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.

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jimg2000
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.

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anniepc
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

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Cecilturtle
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.

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storytym
Sep 28, 2011

in a word - trash.

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Rhonda J. Roy
Dec 22, 2010

Hollywood noir novel set in late '40s. Lots of clues salted all the way through the book that come together in the last third of the book. Meticulous detail and very layered. Written with a '40s voice.

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jimg2000
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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