The Black Dahlia

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Grand Central Publishing, Sep 1, 1988 - Fiction - 358 pages
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The Black Dahlia is a roman noir on an epic scale: a classic period piece that provides a startling conclusion to America's most infamous unsolved murder mystery--the murder of the beautiful young woman known as The Black Dahlia.

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User Review  - rwt42 - LibraryThing

First book in the L A Quartet, apparently considered to be MacDonald's best, it had everything imaginable going on. Not always easy to read, here Ellroy wrote a complex but readable, classic crime novel. Read full review

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User Review  - penguinasana - LibraryThing

I know it's a classic. I like suspense. I wanted to like it. But I didn't. Even for an average-lengthed book, it felt long and overraught. For whatever reason that was my reaction, but Ellroy is a good writer so worth a shot to try him out. Read full review

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James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His L. A. Quartet novels - "The Black Dahlia", "The Big Nowhere", "L. A. Confidential", & "White Jazz" - were international best-sellers. His novel "American Tabloid" was Time magazine's Novel of the Year for 1995; his memoir, "My Dark Places", was a "Time" Best Book of the Year & a "New Yorker Times" Notable Book for 1996. He lives in Kansas City.

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