The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

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8 Critic Reviews

The Black Dahlia is haunting, incomplete, because you never truly know what happened or who the murderer is.
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Synopsis

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.
 

About James Ellroy

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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, and White Jazz-were international best sellers. His novel American Tabloid was Time magazine's Best Book (fiction) of 1995; his memoir, My Dark Places, was a Time Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book for 1996. His novel The Cold Six Thousand was a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book for 2001. Ellroy lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published August 1, 2008 by Grand Central Publishing. 340 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Crime, Comics & Graphic Novels, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Blog Critics

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on Sep 28 2006

The Black Dahlia is haunting, incomplete, because you never truly know what happened or who the murderer is.

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Blog Critics

Good
on Jun 01 2005

There are more than enough plot twists to keep a noir enthusiast engaged through all the self-loathing and desperation.

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Pajiba

Good

Despite its flaws this was a fascinating and engaging read and I am looking forward to reading more Ellroy.

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About.com Bestsellers

Excellent
on Sep 29 2006

Ellroy makes every word in The Black Dahlia count, and takes readers into a dark world of murder, lies and obsession.

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About.com Bestsellers

Excellent

An exquisitely written book of murder and obsession that takes the true details of the unsolved 1947 Elizabeth Short murder.

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AnnArbor.com

Good
on Jul 25 2010

The first novel in Ellroy’s “LA Quartet” series has many elements that I can appreciate, including complex, highly motivated characters, an intriguing plot line, a dark sense of purpose and a large personal stake on behalf of the author.

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Teen Ink

Good

Constant curve balls keep the reader guessing and intrigued throughout the novel.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Excellent

James Ellroy's 20-year-old novel about the life and death of Elizabeth Short, a star-struck young woman who became famous because of her murder, which is still unsolved, is a masterpiece of the roman noir.

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