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The Black Dahlia L. Quartet 1 by James Ellroy. On January 15,the torture-ravished body of a beautiful young woman is found in a 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 On January 15,the torture-ravished body of a beautiful young woman is found in a vacant lot. 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.
Paperbackpages. Published August 16th by Mysterious Press first published Deutscher Krimi Preis for 1. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Black Dahliaplease sign up. SDHoneymonster The murder of Elizabeth Short – the titular Black Dahlia – was a real event, and its grisly nature, the locations involved and subsequent events of …more The murder of Elizabeth Short – the titular Black Dahlia – was a real event, and its grisly nature, the locations involved and subsequent events of the investigation are all important points in the novel and recreated in great detail.
The story itself is not however – it’s Ellroy’s fictionalised account of the investigation and its possible solution, although it’s so brilliantly done and horribly believable at times you have to remind yourself regularly that this isn’t how it happened! See 1 question about The Black Dahlia…. Lists with This Book. I hated this damn book. My friend Hulk-boy told me to read this author. I may punch him in the face. It starts with the boxing fight of two young police officers Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard.
They become known as Mr. The hotshot team that got the LA police dept a raise with their boxing match. They team together after the fight as partner’s. Then a young woman’s body is found.
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She has been cut in two and tossed out. Her history isn’t pretty and the dept. I kept putting this book down saying that I was going to dnf the bastard. Then a few minutes later I would pick it up and begin reading it again. That’s the kind of fucker this book is.
It’s based loosely on a true story but in real life the Black Dahlia case is still open. Bless that poor girl’s soul. Dirty cops, women seen elloy skirts, corruption and sometimes just pure stupidity threads throughout this book.
I totally read it in my head with a Mickey Spillane voice too. View all 52 comments. Can Bleichert and Blanchard bring in her killer before the case destroys them both? Some time aroundmy local bookstore owner pushed this on me. It took me a week to get through but it felt like spending a month in jail. The Black Dahlia was a game changer for me, a powerful book that made me see detective fiction in a different light.
As I’ve said many times before, the magic of getting older is that old books become completely new books. I’d forgotten most of what transpired in The Black Dahlia so it was like being tied up and dragged down a gravel road all over again.
The Black Jamss is the rise and fall of detective Dwight “Bucky” Bleichert, and Elizabeth Short, the dead woman who ultimately did him and his partner, Lee Blanchard, in. Bleichert and Blanchard bond over boxing and wind up being partners in Warrants until Elizabeth Short is found dead and mutilated, cut in half on the sidewalk.
Both men wind up entangled with Elizabeth Short for different reasons. Blanchard wants to avenge her to make up for the sister he once lost and Bucky takes up when Lee goes missing.
This book is as noir as it comes, full of obsession, lies, death, sex, murder, pornography, and more lies and obsession. As with most books of this free, the mystery eolroy eventually solved but not without costing everyone involved damn near everything in the process.
In the decade since I last read this, I’ve become desensitized by reading hundreds of crime books and been made more cynical by life in general but this book still packs one hell of a wallop. Much blaco Bucky, I was pretty obsessed by Elizabeth Short’s murder and couldn’t put the book down, as cliche as that sounds.
Just like the first time I read it, I felt like I’d spent a few nights in jail when I was done, wrung out and ready for a couple beers. Something else the passage of time has given me is how much Ellroy writes like a much darker Raymond Chandler. Ellroy’s similes kick like an unlicensed.
Lee Blanchard is not without his nuances, either. The relationship between Bucky, Kay, and Lee really lent itself to some crazy shit. Honestly, the only thing I can think of to complain about is that Blanchard and Bleichert’s names are too similar. The Black Dahlia is a must-read for all serious crime fiction fans.
Five out of five stars. View all 30 comments. Ah, the post-war years.
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When no injustice ever occurred, and no one was unfairly treated. Every pay check was a fortune, every meal a banquet, and the worst crime was the odd rapscallion stealing a pie off a ftee sill. Or maybe sometimes the bisected body of a woman who had been brutally tortured would be left in an empty lot which would put a wildly corrupt police force in a frenzied media spotlight as the cops fruitles Ah, the post-war years.
Or maybe sometimes the bisected body of a woman who had fred brutally tortured would be left in an empty wllroy which would put a wildly corrupt police force in a frenzied media spotlight as the cops fruitlessly tried to solve the murder. It really was a simpler time… This was the book where James Ellroy stepped his game up from promising mystery writer to a creator of epic historical fiction by mixing a famous unsolved murder with seedy LA history via flawed fictional characters.
Bucky agrees to fight another cop named Lee Blanchard as part of a departmental publicity stunt. In reality Elizabeth Short was just another young woman sahlia came to LA with stars in her eyes, but her unsolved murder became one of those crimes that stuck in the public consciousness.
Almost everyone involved the investigation has their own agendas, and the methods used to get what they want are brutal. Nobody gets out clean when it comes to the Dahlia, least of all blavk who give the most while trying to learn who killed her. This is a great crime dahliia with a hard boiled edge that was one of the books that made me a huge fan of James Ellroy.
View all 17 comments. Nlack 03, Nikita T. Mitchell rated it it was ok. I’m not big on this whole “going green” trend, but today I thought about one thing all book lovers can do to contribute to society: You probably thought I had something clever to say.
Sorry to disappoint but let me explain. My Analysis of The Black Dahlia: Plus think about how many trees that could’ve been elroy if James Ellroy, the author, had simply gotten to the point. The core of the plot is based on a ‘s Los Angeles murder mystery.
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The body of a young woman was found in a vacant lot mutilated, cut in half, and disemboweled. Two detectives, ex-boxers, take on the case and become overly obsessed with this young woman’s life – and death – to the point where it literally destroys their own lives.
What I really struggled with while reading this book was the inclusion of random storylines as well as the excessive – and mostly pointless – details that made the book way longer than it needed to be. For instance, the first 67 pages of the novel are spent developing the relationship between the two detectives and describing their boxing past.
The author also over-used police jargon which only made it harder for me to connect with the characters.
The book’s only saving grace was the last 30 ish pages where the twisted plot came into focus. Don’t let another wasted page get printed. Posted on Uptown Literatti: Ellroy has masterfully done for me. One thing that I like about this novel is the massive impact it has on me. On this priceless experience,I give easily five stars.
The other thing is that everyone here is morally corrupt,to the point that I feel sorry and attached for them.
There exists NO shallow person here,whether he or she is good or bad.