The Black Dahlia

The Black Dahlia : The first book in the classic L.A. Quartet crime series

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Los Angeles, 15th January 1947. A beautiful young woman walks into the night and meets a horrific destiny.

Five days later, her tortured body is found drained of blood and cut in half. The newspapers call her 'The Black Dahlia'. For two cops, what begins as an investigation becomes a hellish journey that takes them to the core of the dead girl's twisted life.

And soon professional curiosity spirals into obsession...

'A mesmerising study of the psycho-sexual obsession... extraordinarily well written' - The Times
'The outstanding crime writer of his generation' - The Independent
'A wonderful tale of ambition, insanity, passion and deceit' - Publishers Weekly
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 24mm | 266g
  • Windmill Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 9780099537861
  • 69,971

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A wonderful tale of ambition, insanity, passion and deceit
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A mesmerising study of the psycho-sexual obsession . . . extraordinarily well written * The Times * One of those rare, brilliantly written books you want to press on other people * Time Out * A wonderful tale of ambition, insanity, passion and deceit * Publishers Weekly * A unique voice in American crime writing * Sunday Telegraph * The outstanding crime writer of his generation * The Independent *
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About James Ellroy

James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. He is the author of the acclaimed 'LA Quartet': The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, LA Confidential and White Jazz. His most recent novel, Blood's a Rover, completes the magisterial 'Underworld USA Trilogy' - the first two volumes of which (American Tabloid and The Cold Six Thousand) were both Sunday Times bestsellers.
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