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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (27,124 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Ellroy Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The LA Quartet Series Release Date: August 2006 ISBN: 9780739323892
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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 Blanchard, both LA cops obsessed with the Black Dahlia, journey through the seamy side of Hollywood to the core of the dead girl’s twisted life.

This fictionalized version of Hollywood's most notorious murder case takes readers on a hellish journey through the movie capital and into a region of total madness.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 2/19/2014

    " Pure pulp. Three stars for exemplifying the genre without trying to transcend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julio | 2/17/2014

    " A cool book, dont see the movie it is trash. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Capiz | 2/10/2014

    " a good read, authentic to its period. Hard to read sometimes, if only because the characters are so perfectly frustrating that you occasionally want to reach through the pages and slap them around. Edgy and fraught with tension. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Spencer | 1/28/2014

    " Dark, entertaining, a twisted mix of woman-on-a-pedestal and misogyny. Graphic, politically incorrect, gruesome, yet somehow also funny. Lots of 1940s cop-speak, a sultry, oversexed Hollywood underground. Gritty. Leaves me wondering seriously if the movie could do/did it justice. More to follow at dunceacademy.com. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 1/21/2014

    " Though sporting a slightly more traditional, less brain-rattling prose style than later novels, such as American Tabloid or The Cold Six Thousand, The Black Dahlia is classic Ellroy noir: violent, brutal, dirty as an L.A. slum alley and peopled with hard, scar-knuckle men straddling the law and women equally as hard and rough as the men who lust after them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scareyon | 1/16/2014

    " It's an OK book. I've decided I don't like detective books very much. Unlike real life, the two main characters, Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard, found the killer of the Black Dahlia. Can you believe this case has been open for, like, 60 years? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Murphknows | 1/11/2014

    " Just not a great book. Very herky jerky, feel like it could have ended after 200 pages "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lester | 1/8/2014

    " Dark and pure. Beautifully, cruelly written. Essential. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 1/4/2014

    " I thought of this book again and gave it another star as I should have done originally. It is really good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matttoker Stoker | 1/1/2014

    " Fiction mixed with fact, the way only Ellroy can do it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Johnson | 1/1/2014

    " Review pending ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reese | 12/28/2013

    " Dark. Gritty. Full of blood. True story. What a joy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Logan | 12/23/2013

    " I read this quite a while ago (1995?). What I remember is the heaviness of the writing. Heavy in a good way. Well put together characters and a tough plot. Ellroy has a unique voice. Some may find him hard to get into. If you persevere, it's worth the effort. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M. Newman | 12/7/2013

    " Good story. I love period pieces. I did, however, think that Ellroy's prose was a bit melodramatic. I liked the book enough to buy another one of his : L.A. Cofidential (which I haven't yet read.} "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nika Bowens | 12/7/2013

    " HORRIBLE ending. one of the worst endings i've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amelia | 9/14/2013

    " anything by Ellroy is just plain awesome and terrifying "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristina Maltby | 9/7/2013

    " I read this a long time ago. It was overdone and too gross! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Corin.garbe.2 | 8/26/2013

    " This book was good at first but took a totally weird turn at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madhumita | 8/5/2013

    " Plot was engrossing and fast-paced right till the last page.The excessive use of police jargon and acronyms does mar getting glued to the book in the first 50 pages.One has to make an effort to overlook them and yet not lose track of the plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Letterswitch | 1/11/2013

    " Incredible. Ellroy's the best writer in America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexander | 12/27/2012

    " Awesome crimenovel. Murder, love and conspiracy. Nuff said. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 4/12/2012

    " Forever a favorite! The movie was just as good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judi | 3/23/2012

    " Not my favorite James Ellroy book. A bit uneven and self indulgent. Would have given it three and a half stars were there such a thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dev | 2/26/2012

    " One of his best. Real ghastly murder and a quartet of characters searching for redemption through the murderer's discovery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 5/22/2011

    " Once the novelty of the writing style wore off, just did not care about the Dahlia at all. Not even a little. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arlington | 5/13/2011

    " The Los Angeles Boy and Girls Club Presents Books on Drunk, Book #2. ||| I don't know what to say yet! I have to wait until after the club meeting! I didn't like it that much! But I don't think that it's bad necessarily! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " All the characters in the book do stupid things. I guess that's supposed to make it like real life but, I can't say it was a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jelani | 4/26/2011

    " Extremely disturbing and engaging. One of the darkest books I've ever read, yet I could not put it down. Every sentence was gripping. Every clue earth shattering and the twist didn't stop coming until the very end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Entherder | 4/13/2011

    " Dark. interesting, i guess this was the first crime novel i've ever read. hard to believe considering how much that genre has interested me for how long. i'd recommend it.. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sharon | 4/9/2011

    " He mixes the truth with the murder of his mother, not great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melinda | 4/1/2011

    " Still on my list as one of the favorites. Quick shout out to the Federal Hill Wine and Book club for a great meeting. If you're into film noir, this is a book for you. If you're into true crime, also a book for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 3/29/2011

    " My first time reading Ellroy's LA Quartet. Not as well developed stylistically as his later books, but still an enjoyable read. "

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About the Author
Author James EllroyJames Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. He is the author of the L.A. Quartet: The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz, and the Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy: American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand, and Blood’s A Rover. These seven novels have won numerous honors and were international best sellers. Ellroy currently lives in Los Angeles.
About the Narrator

Stephen Hoye has worked as a professional actor in London and Los Angeles for more than thirty years. Trained at Boston University and the Guildhall in London, he has acted in television series and six feature films and has appeared in London’s West End.