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The Black Dahlia


On 11th January, 1947 in Los Angeles, a beautiful young woman walked into the night and met her horrific destiny. Five days later, her tortured body ... Show synopsis

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  • Ugh.... Aug 24, 2009
    by carriej

    This book was ALSO a struggle for me to finish. My book club read the book so I felt the need to finish... but, honestly - the back story between the cops was not entertaining and made the book drag on and on. The actual crime and clues part was interesting... but seriously - why did we need to read about the boxing? boring... Also, some parts were pretty gruesome. I don't recommend reading.

  • My Favorite Book May 10, 2007
    by GilThelander

    This is my favorite book that I've ever read. It is a brilliantly twisted fictional take on the infamous Black Dahlia murder case. I emphasize that this is a fictional perspective, as Elizabeth Short's murder remains unsolved to this day. Though I did like the 2006 movie adaptation, many people did not. Don't let this stop you from reading the book though because it blows the movie away in terms of characters and its overall dense plot. I would think it would be nearly impossible to truly adapt a James Ellroy novel to the screen. I highly recommend this book, and I have recommended it to friends. You will not be disappointed if you pick up The Black Dahlia.

  • Good Story, Dull writing Apr 14, 2007
    by Trilless

    This book was a struggle for me to get through. The plot and actual storyline points are very interesting and it does keep you guessing who is the true killer. However, the writing was so difficult and dry, I felt like tossing the book about halfway through.

    Being a mutilation murder crime there may be certain points that have a cringe factor for some readers.

    Based on a true story, and told as a first person view from one of the two main detectives assigned to the case. They are one of the first discovers of a horribly mutilated young woman. The media paints her as a sweet innocent, but the detectives uncover a more painted past that assists them in solving the case.

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