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Feb 10, 2011

The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

From the very first pages of this book, it felt like we were launched into a black & white Humphrey Bogart movie complete with smokey rooms and shady characters. The text contained words like, Hepcat, Ixnay and Brouhaha. It felt intriguing to be led down this path.

The main characters are Bucky Bleichert, Lee Blanchard and Kay Lake. They are involved in a strange love triangle that just continues to get stranger as the story goes on.
Bucky and Lee are cops in the late 1940s, a time where large sectors of law enforcement were corrupt. There were gangsters and Zoot Suiters and Thugs,(to use lingo from the book)!

We all felt like it took quite awhile of background story before we were able to begin reading about The Black Dahlia and the mystery surrounding her brutal murder. James Ellroy wrote L.A. Confidential which was a bestseller and was also turned into a movie, so the troubled and complex characters came as no surprise to us, but it made for some slow reading in parts of the book.
When we finally did get to the murder, several of our members felt that it was very graphic and had to take a moment to compose themselves before continuing on. Others were " TV Crime Drama Addicts" and were OK with the gory details.

A little more than halfway through the book, right when they really start getting into the police case of The Dahlia, we are introduced to several new and strange characters and things start to get really twisted and weird. Make no mistake, we were pretty much hooked at this point but it was still a hard pill to swallow at times.

The murder of The Black Dahlia really happened and remains an unsolved mystery, this book however has taken a true event and created a fictional book with a solved ending. 

At the end of the book, our consensus was that we enjoyed the book, but we were all left scratching our heads at the troubled lives of most of the characters in the story.

1 comment:

  1. Great job summarizing the comments, Jess. Thanks for taking this on!