September 1, 2006
September 1, 2006
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.
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.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Mystery + Crime, General, Literary Genres + Types of Novels
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: James Ellroy
- Online Item #: 12716348
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-49-0593
- ISBN: 9780446618120
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported