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The Black Dahlia (Anglais) Broché – 17 février 1994

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"'A mesmerising study of the psycho-sexual obsession...extraordinarily well written' The Times"

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"'A wonderful tale of ambition, insanity, passion and deceit' Publishers Weekly"

"'A unique voice in American crime writing' " (Sunday Telegraph)

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Los Angeles, 1th January 1947: a beautiful young woman walked into the night and met her horrific destiny. Five days later, her tortured body was found drained of blood and cut in helf. The newspapers called her 'The Black Dahlia'. Two cops are caught up in the investigation and embark on a hellish journey that takes them to the core of the dead girl's twisted life.

The first part of Ellroy's crime fiction masterwork, the LA Quartet, and based around a real murder case, The Black Dahlia pulses with violence, darkness and brutality. It is crime writing at its most powerful.

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Beautifully twisted plot. Characters and surroundings rendered vividly extreme. Stay away from this book if you can't take horror gore. Other than that, go for it!
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livraison dans les temps, état conforme à la description;
un "thriller"" bien ficelé, palpitant aves des rebondissements inattendus- à ne pas lire avant de s'endormir !
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Par Bigben le 20 juillet 2016
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Reprenant un fait divers réel, ce livre de James Ellroy est digne de l'auteur : l'histoire est évidemment prenante et mystérieuse... et c'est surtout très bien écrit.
A lire absolument
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C'est une immersion dans l'univers d'Ellroy. Bien plus sombre que le film, c'est un délice! Cette version originale est d'autant plus efficace!
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HASH(0x9093557c) étoiles sur 5 Simply the Best 15 décembre 2001
Par Bob Carpenter - Publié sur
Format: Broché
James Ellroy's "The Black Dahlia" is almost too dark, too gripping and too believable. It stands out among a crowd of mysteries (sub-genre police procedural) as simply a great novel. Most mysteries I put down and forget that I've read them. The characters from Ellroy's noir vision of L.A. in the late 1940s and early 1950s are indelibly etched in my mind, as is Ellroy's characterization of the period and location itself. This is the most visceral book I've ever read.
I picked up this book myself from Partners and Crime's Top 100 shelf (P&C is an awesome mystery bookstore in Manhattan's Greenwich Village). I loaned my copy to a friend, who gave it back to me a week later and said he didn't want to read the rest of the series or any other mystery novel again in his life -- this one was perfect and anything else would just ruin his ability to savor "The Black Dahlia". I loaned it to a second friend who finished it in a week, and then went out and bought the complete Ellroy ouevre. This is not a one-night read unless you have strong eyes, strong coffee, heroic concentration and an iron will.
If you get a chance, hear Ellroy read from these books in person.
Sequencing Ellroy's books is tough, because they're all similar in terms of time frame, setting, and characters. The L.A. trilogy plus one is:
* 1947: The Black Dahlia
* 1950: The Big Nowhere
* 1951: L. A. Confidential
* 1958: White Jazz
Dudley Smith also appears in Ellroy's second novel, "Clandestine", set in 1951.
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HASH(0x909355d0) étoiles sur 5 Gritty, tough, very intense. 2 septembre 1999
Par - Publié sur
Format: Broché
There I was you see, I walked into the book store, the whole place smelled like old moldy books. So I see this old broad behind the counter. Had a couple of miles on her, sort of like me. So I ask her, trying not to sound too stupid, "Do you have any Elway books?" She looked at me, smiled and said "who?". Elway, you know, wrote L.A.Confidential". She said "Oh, you mean Ellroy". She then walks over to the used paper back mystery section and said, "All I have by Ellroy is "The Black Dahlia". It's based on a murder that happened in L.A. a few years ago". So I picked my brain, thinking, " yeah I read something about this Ellroy guy in the newspaper a couple of years ago". So I buy the book, looks like it is on its last legs, pages are almost yellow and ready to fall out. I take the thing home, read the back cover, get an idea of the story and start to read it. Then after reading a few pages, I'm hooked. I'm turning page after page, my eyes feel like two hot burning coals. I'm sweating, my brain feels like it's been scooped out, slammed against the wall and it's oozing down like cauliflower mixed with vanilla yogurt. I feel like laying two raw pieces of pork chops alongside my head so I can cool off. I read this book in two days. My whole life came to a stop. Never did have a clue on how it would end; yeah there were little clues here and there, but my little pea-picking brain never picked them up. Now I says to myself, "this Ellroy guy can really write". Now I'm afraid to read any more of his books. I don't want my life to come to a stop again. I'm an old retired copper, read my share of mysterys in my day, but I've got stuff to do around the house, I can't just read all day. So be aware ! Be prepared when you read this book. It's gritty, it's tough, it makes most mystery thrillers read like Peter Pan. I'll keep this book forever...Very intense, not for the light hearted! Make sure that you are ready for this. It ain't like picking daisies or taking a walk in the park with fido. This is a knock down, drag out, real life thriller that will knock your socks off. Maybe someday in the middle of winter when it's raining baby elephants and I can't do anything else, I'll even think about reading another Ellroy book.I don't think that my heart can take it......
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HASH(0x90935a08) étoiles sur 5 Ellroy's First Masterpiece 31 août 2000
Par Stephen McLeod - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This first novel in the much-praised "L.A. Quartet" is one of the great American works of art. Up there with Twain, Fitzgerald, Chandler, Hammett and Hemingway. "Dark" is too bright a word for Ellroy's fiction. Another reviewer called Ellroy "the Caravaggio of modern fiction." That says it all.
In the "Dahlia", a real woman named Betty Short, whose butchered corpse appeared in a vacant lot one morning in real-life L.A. circa 1947, Ellroy found his essential enigma and his battering muse. This famous, unsolved murder victim becomes in the novel, a terrifying emblem for his own oedipal quest, a quest that he fearlessly explored in his memoir *My Dark Places*. It is a work of genius, and we are all the richer for it. Its scope is epic. Its tone is sharpened ebony. Nothing in Ellroy's previous novels prepares you for this. It is also a book that repays multiple readings. It's only outdone by each subsequent novel. Full-blown addiction is the only way I can describe my response to Ellroy's fiction. It will jazz you and haunt you and inhabit your dreams.
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HASH(0x909359f0) étoiles sur 5 In Memory of Elizabeth Short 21 juin 2000
Par Un client - Publié sur
Back in the mid-1980's, The Black Dahlia was the first James Ellroy novel that I had ever read. I have since become a huge fan, reading everything he has written, including a personal account of his own mother's murder, My Dark Places. My admiration for Mr. Ellroy as an author is unparalleled. Nowhere is his genius for capturing the noir era/LAPD corruption/tarnished Tinseltown of Los Angeles more evident than in The Black Dahlia. This densely plotted tale expertly exposes the gritty, seamy side of post-war Los Angeles. He also writes it like an homage to its victim, Elizabeth Short, whose murderer is unknown to this day. She was the classic Hollywood victim. To his credit, Mr. Ellroy does not shy away from exposing the brutal hypocrisy of Hollywood in the 1940's and 1950's. Mr. Ellroy's books are not for the squeamish; his blunt, staccato-like dialogue can be somewhat off-putting. Anyone, however, interested in a writer who delivers a story packed with interesting characters and an intricate plot, The Black Dahlia - along with Mr. Ellroy's other novels - is the choice for you.
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HASH(0x90935b40) étoiles sur 5 A Good read! If you liked L.A. Confidential give it a shot 17 septembre 2005
Par Patrick A. Kellner - Publié sur
Format: Broché
The story takes place in L.A. starting in 1947 about an Ex boxer turned cop Dwight (Bucky) Bleichert and his involvement in a famous cased dubbed "The Black Dahlia" by the media. A body of a girl is found that was brutally tortured and Bucky and his partner Lee along with many others are assigned to work on the case. The story follows Bucky's life as he works and is consumed by the case.

I say it follows his life and not just the case because the story is as much about the way the case affects the people involved in it as it is about the case it self.

The good: I really liked the characters. They came across as realistic because many of them have a lot of grey area in them. There were no white knights that always do everything "the right way" all of the characters were flawed and imperfect in a way and would do things that weren't right but were necessary. This made them believable because no one always does the right thing. It showed a possible (and sometimes necessary) dark side to the police department and their ability to manipulate public opinion.

The Bad: No too much really. There are a lot of characters to keep up with. Sometimes I had to figure out the slang terms of the time. Phrases or terms used in a way I wasn't familiar with. This was good too though because it made the time period seem more real.

Overall a good read that I would recommend. I am going to follow this with the next book by Ellroy.
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