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Starred Review. 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.
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Using the basic facts concerning the 1940s' notorious and yet unsolved Black Dahlia case, Ellroy creates a kaleidoscope of human passion and dark obsession. A young woman's mutilated body is found in a Los Angeles vacant lot. The story is seen through the eyes of Bucky Bleichert, ex-prize fighter and something of a boy wonder on the police force. There is no relief or humor as Bleichert arrives at a grisly discovery. Ellroy's powerful rendering of the long-reaching effects of murder gives the case new meaning. This should be a major book for
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This book is also a gift. The recipient is a fan of James Elroy so I'm sure he'll enjoy the book!Published on Dec 13 2012 by Gail Boucher
If you want a crime thriller that addresses both the main action and collateral action in all its vivid and disturbing detail, The Black Dahlia is the one. Read morePublished on April 4 2007 by Ian Gordon Malcomson
Ellroy takes us to the dark depths of humanity. Shows us how ugly we can be as human beings: murderers whose only motive is that of deriving a sexual kick. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2004 by Glen1975
'Black Dahlia' is my first James Ellroy novel. Clearly the author wishes he was born 50 years earlier so he can live along side the likes of Raymond Chandler, James Cain and... Read morePublished on Dec 16 2003 by lazza
Here is Elroy at his most readable -- as his later style grows more and more clipped and turgid -- this book shines more and more as bright shining point in his writing and in this... Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2003 by Gordon Rios
In 1947 Elizabeth(Betty) Short, a 'budding actress' in the glitzy exclusive club that is Hollywood and Los Angeles was found brutally murdered in a back alley lot in Hollywood. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2003 by Taisei Fuma
Just so you know this is a totally INACCURATE portrait of the actual Liz Short character. It's rather shameful to see real names used this way. Read morePublished on July 17 2003 by "zoobyrd7"
Think L.A. Confidential (which Ellroy wrote) meets Chinatown (the movie) Two hard-boiled boxing cops with still-tender yolks attempt to solve a famous homicide of a beautiful dame... Read morePublished on June 19 2003 by Eric Turowski