The Black Dahlia (Thorndike Press Large Print Crime Scene) by James Ellroy

By James Ellroy

On January 15, 1947, the tortured physique of an attractive younger lady was once present in a vacant lot in Hollywood. Elizabeth brief, the Black Dahlia, a tender Hollywood hopeful, have been brutally murdered. Her homicide sparked one of many maximum manhunts in California historical past.

In this fictionalized remedy of a true case, Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard, either los angeles law enforcement officials enthusiastic about the Black Dahlia, trip during the seamy underside of Hollywood to the middle of the useless girl's twisted lifestyles.

"Passionate, violent, frustrating...imaginative and bizarre." (Los Angeles occasions)

"Building like a symphony, it is a extraordinary, complex, yet available story of ambition, madness, ardour and deceit." (Publishers Weekly)

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Ice never fought each other. Divisional boundaries kept them apart. But a sense of duty brought them together in spirit, and both men joined the Los Angeles Police Department and continued fighting out of the ring--this time in the war against crime. Blanchard cracked the baffling Boulevard-Citizens bank robbery case in 1939, and captured thrill-killer Tomas Dos Santos; Bleichert served with distinction during the '43 Zoot Suit Wars. And now they are both officers in Central Division: Mr. Fire, 32, a sergeant in the prestigious Warrants Squad; Mr.

Skirmishing broke out inland: navy personnel from the Chavez Ravine naval base versus pachucos in Alpine and Palo Verde. Word hit the papers that the zooters were packing Nazi regalia along with their switchblades, and hundreds of in-uniform soldiers, sailors and marines descended on downtown LA, armed with two-by-fours and baseball bats. An equal number of pachucos were supposed to be forming by the Brew 102 Brewery in Boyle Heights, supplied with similar weaponry. Every Central Division patrolman was called in to duty, then issued a World War I tin hat and an oversize billy club known as a nigger knocker.

And, of course, we became partners. Looking back, I know that the man possessed no gift of prophecy; he simply worked to assure his own future, while I skated uncertainly toward mine. It was his flat-voiced "Cherchez la femme" that still haunts me. Because our partnership was nothing but a bungling road to the Dahlia. And in the end, she was to own the two of us completely. I Fire and Ice CHAPTER ONE 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.

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