TITLE: The Black Dahlia
AUTHOR: James Ellroy
This is the first book in James Ellroy’s “L.A. Quartet” series. Set in the 1940’s, The Black Dahlia is set around the now infamous murder of Elizabeth Short, a prostitute that was brutally murdered and dumped in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.
It is told from the point of view of Dwight “Bucky” Bleichert, a L.A. cop who, along with his partner Lee Blanchard, gets caught up in the investigation of the murder of Elizabeth Short. This case takes over their lives, and becomes an obsession with both men. It is an obsession that will destroy marriages and careers.
At the beginning, I found this book compelling and hard to put down, but toward the end I just wanted it to end. The writing style is sharp, and it pulls the story along, but then as you go, it dulls and becomes more of the same. I was left wondering if I had read certain parts earlier in the novel. As I got closer to the end, i could not wait to finish it, just so I could move on to my next read.
3 out of 5 Bookmarks.