By James Ellroy
On January 15, 1947, the tortured physique of an attractive younger girl was once present in a vacant lot in Hollywood. Elizabeth brief, the Black Dahlia, a tender Hollywood hopeful, were brutally murdered. Her homicide sparked one of many maximum manhunts in California heritage.
In this fictionalized therapy of a true case, Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard, either l. a. police officers enthusiastic about the Black Dahlia, trip throughout the seamy underside of Hollywood to the center of the useless girl's twisted existence.
"Passionate, violent, frustrating...imaginative and bizarre." (Los Angeles occasions)
"Building like a symphony, it is a great, complex, yet available story of ambition, madness, ardour and deceit." (Publishers Weekly)
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The handbooks who made money on you bring you a girl. A pro, a semipro, an amateur tasting her own blood. You do it in the dressing room, or in a backseat too cramped for your legs, and sometimes you kick the side windows out. When you walk outside after it, people mob you and swarm to touch you, and you go high as the stars again. It becomes another part of the game, the eleventh round of a ten-round fight. And when you go back to an ordinary life, it's just a weakness, a loss. As long as he'd been away from the game, Blanchard had to know it, had to want to keep his love for Kay separate from that.
The pachuco fondled the religious medals around his neck, looking bewildered. " I waded in, jabbing with my stick, the weapon hitting shiny brass buttons and campaign ribbons. I caught clumsy truncheon blows on my arms and shoulders and pressed forward so the marines would be denied swinging room. It was like being in a clinch with an octopus, and no referee or three-minute bell, and on instinct I dropped my baton, lowered my head and started winging body punches, making contact with soft gabardine midsections.
Blanchard laughed, then moved into a side-by-side drape with Kay. " "Ellis Loew. He got me Warrants, then my partner put in his papers and Loew started thinking about you to replace him. He got Braven Dyer to write that Fire and Ice horseshit, then he took the whole pie to Horrall. " "And he's got money on me? " "Something like that. The DA himself don't like the idea, thinks the two of us wouldn't work as partners. But he's going along--Horrall and Thad Green convinced him. Personally, I almost hope you do win.