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The Black Dahlia
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The Black Dahlia
L. A. Quartet, Book 1
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Bonus feature includes an original afterword by James Ellroy, titled "Hillikers," read by Stephen Hoye.
On January 15, 1947, 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. 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.
Bonus feature includes an original afterword by James Ellroy, titled "Hillikers," read by Stephen Hoye.
On January 15, 1947, 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. 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.
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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 bestsellers. American Tabloid was Time's Novel of the Year for 1995; his memoir My Dark Places was a Time Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book for 1996; his most recent novel, The Cold Six Thousand, was a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year for 2001. He lives on the California coast.
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  • AudioFile Magazine Former dick Bucky Bleichert tells how he solved the title murder case, and why the solution of the crime was kept secret though it cost him his badge, girl, and best friend. While the Marlowe-esque Bucky is fictional, his account agrees with the known facts of this real 1947 torture-killing of an L.A. party girl. Corruption and depravity are dressed in gaudy dialogue and period grit. This edition includes a concluding essay drawing parallels between the Dahlia case and Ellroy's personal and life-changing encounter with murder. All this is served up by Stephen Hoye, who convincingly plays the detective with a world-weariness that fails to blunt his capacity for lust, shock, and revulsion. He modulates his pace shrewdly for suspense and drama, and manages to make the neo-noir clichés seem fresh and genuine. Y.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from October 2, 2006
    Narrator Hoye firmly nails young world-weary cop Bucky Bleichert in this audio version of Ellroy's 1987 crime novel. The flawed boxer-turned-lawman becomes obsessed with L.A.'s notorious unsolved 1947 torture-murder case, as well as the secret life of his missing partner, Lee Blanchard. Hoye proves a fine match for Ellroy's hardboiled prose, shuttling easily between hard and soft tones, crystallizing Bleichert's mix of cynicism, confusion, hurt and rage. Set in booming postwar Los Angeles, this tale of ambition, deceit and obsession builds to symphonic proportions. Throughout, Hoye skillfully modulates his narration to distinctly render each character—corrupt cops, city officials, pimps, GIs, Mexican bar owners, prostitutes, society matrons and even the sound of a bullet piercing canvas. Hoye especially shines during heated police interrogations, able to shift his voice on a dime. The audio includes a new afterword from Ellroy, which might have delivered more punch had Ellroy read it himself. But in terms of this gritty, sprawling novel, Hoye was unquestionably the right man for the job. Simultaneous release with the Mysterious Press paperback movie tie-in (Reviews, Sept. 4, 1987).

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