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The Black Dahlia Mass market paperbound - 2006

by James Ellroy


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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. The novel fuses the real-life murder of Elizabeth Short with the fictional story of two police officers investigating the crime. Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948, the year after Short was found murdered, and Ellroy’s own mother was murdered when he was 10 years old - the killer never found. Black Dahlia was adapted into a film in 2006 starring Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Eckhart, and Hillary Swank.

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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.

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The highly acclaimed novel based on America's most infamous unsolved murder case. Dive into 1940s Los Angeles as two cops spiral out of control in their hunt for The Black Dahlia's killer in this powerful thriller that is brutal and at the same time believable (New York Times).
On January 15, 1947, the torture-ravished body of a beautiful young woman is found in a Los Angeles 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 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.

First line

The road to the partnership began without my knowing it, and it was a revival of the Blanchard-Bleichert fight brouhaha that brought me the word.

First Edition Identification

The first edition of Black Dahlia was published by Mysterious Press, New York, in 1987. The first edition copyright page states  "First Printing: September 1987" along a full number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. The original dust jacket has a price stamp of $16.95 

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  • Title The Black Dahlia
  • Author James Ellroy
  • Binding Mass Market Paperbound
  • Edition Reissue
  • Pages 384
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Grand Central Publishing, New York
  • Date September 1, 2006
  • Features Movie/TV Tie-In, Price on Product - Canadian
  • ISBN 9780446618120 / 0446618128
  • Weight 0.42 lbs (0.19 kg)
  • Dimensions 6.78 x 4.2 x 1.05 in (17.22 x 10.67 x 2.67 cm)
  • Themes
    • Chronological Period: 1940's
    • Cultural Region: Southern California
    • Cultural Region: Western U.S.
    • Cultural Region: West Coast
    • Geographic Orientation: California
    • Locality: Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA
  • Library of Congress subjects Los Angeles (Calif.), Mystery fiction
  • Dewey Decimal Code FIC
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