The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

The Black Dahlia - James Ellroy

The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy is an intense, action-packed page turner.  Even though the unsolved murder case from the 1940's has received a lot of coverage, Ellroy's book brings it to life with beautifully drawn characters.  I  gave it five stars.


I purchased this on sale & read it in one sitting.  Bucky Bleichert & Lee Blanchard, ex-prize fighting boxers turned cops are now partners.  They explore this grisly torture killing.  It has far reaching consequences.  It is a haunting story.


"I never knew her in life.  She exists for me through others, in evidence of the ways her death drove them.  Working backwards, seeking only facts, I reconstructed her as a sad little girl & a whore, at best a could-have-been--a tag that could also be applied to me."


The language was rough but true to the times.


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