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The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet, Bk 1)
The Black Dahlia - L.A. Quartet, Bk 1
Author: James Ellroy
On January 15, 1947, the tortured body of a beautiful young woman was found in a vacant lot in Hollywood. Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia, a young Hollywood hopeful, had been brutally murdered. Her murder sparked one of the greatest manhunts in California history. — In this fictionalized treatment of a real case, Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blancha...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780446618120
ISBN-10: 0446618128
Publication Date: 9/1/2006
Pages: 384
Edition: Reissue
Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 157 ratings
Publisher: Warner Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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reviewed The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet, Bk 1) on + 8 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
Very graphic sexually and murder/gore wise. Recommended for adult readers only!
Great story line though (based on a true story) and very compelling.
reviewed The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 6
a thriller, definitely. Not for the faint of heart in that it is very graphic.
murder101 avatar reviewed The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 5
Another Black Dahlia book I recommend this one over a lot of the other ones because of the author. Well written keeps you interested.
reviewed The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet, Bk 1) on + 28 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Complicated tale of murder, written by a popular crime writer. Enjoyed the characters and story - better than the movie.
reviewed The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet, Bk 1) on + 6 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Reads like a film noir - interesting tale of murder, corruption, and love.
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reviewed The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet, Bk 1) on + 127 more book reviews
Written like a true story (which it is supposedly based on), people say it is "noir" but I didn't find it all that dark- much less "black" (yes I know what film noir is... this isn't it). This is a detective/murder mystery. Overall, an ok fast read, written in 1940's vernacular- makes you want to know how much of it is true
shanna71 avatar reviewed The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet, Bk 1) on + 145 more book reviews
slow reading . I found it dull and rather boring.
reviewed The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet, Bk 1) on + 8 more book reviews
Difficult to get started with but once it grabs you, it's hard to put down. Good read.
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This book was good, however it was very gory. A couple of times I had to put it down because the violence was too much. I am glad I read to the end.
perryfran avatar reviewed The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet, Bk 1) on + 1176 more book reviews
This was a very compelling noir novel that digs deep into the underbelly of post-WWII Los Angeles and is framed around the gruesome Black Dahlia murder case. The heart of this novel focuses on the murder of Elizabeth Short, a young woman who came to Hollywood looking for possible stardom or love and who winds up as a prostitute, pornography star, and murdered. She was tortured, cut in half, and her body dumped in a vacant lot in Los Angeles. The protagonist of the novel, Bucky Bleichert and his partner become obsessed with the murder and he continues to investigate it years after the case has gone cold. He must piece together the final days of her life which leads him to confront powerful members of both law enforcement and the business community but also his own demons. The case has so many twists and turns that it will leave you breathless right up till the end.

This was ultimately a very disturbing novel that kept you turning the pages. It is a very plausible telling of the unsolved case and although the killer is revealed at the end, the overall descriptions of violence, corruption, and sexual depravity leave a very lasting impression. This novel was made into a movie directed by Brian De Palma in 2006. I'll most likely be looking out for it.
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I found this book to be intriguing, heart-wrenching and incredibly shocking. I would've never guessed the ending...
reviewed The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet, Bk 1) on + 37 more book reviews
Try as I might, I just couldn't get into this one. From the beginning, it uses a lot of what I can only assume is police terminology from that time period. So right away, I don't connect with the characters. The story just seemed to drag on and on. I made it about 2/3 of the way through but finally decided to just give up on this one.


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