The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

The Black Dahlia (1987) is a crime fiction novel by American author James Ellroy. Its subject is the 1947 murder of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles, California, which received wide attention because her corpse was horrifically mutilated and discarded in an empty residential lot. The investigation ultimately led to a broad police corruption scandal. While rooted in the facts of the Short murder and featuring many real-life people, places and events, Ellroy's novel blends facts and fiction, notably in solving Short's crime when in reality her murder was unsolved. James Ellroy dedicated The Black Dahlia, "To Geneva Hilliker Ellroy 1915-1958 Mother: Twenty-nine Years Later, This Valediction in Blood." The epigraph for The Black Dahlia is "Now I fold you down, my drunkard, my navigator, My first lost keeper, to love and look at later. -Anne Sexton." This book is considered the one that gained Ellroy critical attention as a serious writer of literature, expanding his renown beyond the crime novels of his early career.. The Black Dahlia is the first book in Ellroy's L.A. Quartet, a cycle of novels set in 1940s and 1950s Los Angeles. He portrays the city in this period as a hotbed of political corruption and depravity. The Quartet continues with The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz.

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The Black Dahlia Kindle Edition 558724 $11.49 2016
Black Dahlia Paperback 1161225 $6.00 $3.18 2011
Murderville 3: The Black Dahlia Paperback 33196 $10.00 $7.49 2013
Black Dahlia, Red Rose: The Crime, Corruption, and Cover-Up of America's Greatest Unsolved Murder Paperback 71686 $10.97 $5.48 2018
Black Dahlia Avenger III: Murder as a Fine Art: Presenting the Further Evidence Linking Dr. George Hill Hodel to the Black Dahlia and Other Lone Woman Murders Paperback 168635 $13.57 $9.24 2018
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Exquisite Corpse: Surrealism and the Black Dahlia Murder Hardcover 837800 $49.99 $3.13 2006
Murderville 3: The Black Dahlia Kindle Edition 395328 2013
Murderville 3: The Black Dahlia (3) Mass Market Paperback 2358659 $21.48 2014
Murderville: The Black Dahlia (Murderville Trilogy, Book 3) (The Murderville Trilogy) Audio CD 5311013 $3.68 $11.69 2013
Black Dahlia, Red Rose: The Crime, Corruption, and Cover-Up of America's Greatest Unsolved Murder Hardcover 226632 $10.80 $3.88 2017
Black Dahlia, Red Rose: The Crime, Corruption, and Cover-Up of America's Greatest Unsolved Murder Kindle Edition 320184 2017
Black Dahlia, Red Rose: The Crime, Corruption, and Cover-Up of America's Greatest Unsolved Murder Audio CD 2694016 $21.19 $20.50 2017
Black Dahlia, Red Rose: A 'Times Book of the Year' Paperback 5003350 $17.31 $28.01
Black Dahlia Avenger III: Murder as a Fine Art: Presenting the Further Evidence Linking Dr. George Hill Hodel to the Black Dahlia and Other Lone Woman Murders Kindle Edition 210395 2018
Nora Roberts' In the Garden Trilogy Kindle Edition 47497 2011
In the Garden Trilogy Box Set Mass Market Paperback 194260 $15.53 $4.01 2006
In The Garden Box Set by Roberts, Nora (2006) Paperback Paperback 942142 $30.15 $10.99 2006
Nora Roberts In the Garden CD Collection: Blue Dahlia, Black Rose, Red Lily (In the Garden Series) Audio CD 1138888 $16.68 $2.10 2012
Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder: The True Story Paperback 65110 $11.00 $8.94 2015
The Black Dahlia (Cover Price Includes $ .50 F-P-T Amount) Kindle Edition 59513 2008
The Black Dahlia Hardcover 687305 $25.16 $9.40 1987
The Black Dahlia Audio CD 2765128 $188.03 $14.76 2006
The Black Dahlia Mass Market Paperback 4657447 $19.00 $0.10 1988
By James Ellroy - The Black Dahlia (8.2.2006) Paperback 1877319 $6.87 $3.51 2006
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Black Dahlia - Die Schwarze Dahlie: Die Graphic Novel Hardcover 13504190 $20.76 $20.81 2015
Black Dahlia Avenger: One of the Most Notorious Murders of the Twentieth Century . . . Solved! Kindle Edition 45241 2015
Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder: The True Story Hardcover 992646 $22.19 $19.98 2015
La dalia negra / The Black Dahlia (Spanish Edition) Paperback 3695255 $164.99 $2.69 2015
Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder Paperback 3095977 $67.06 $2.56 2004
La Dalia Negra (Cuarteto de Los Ángeles 1) (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 970740 2016
Dalia negra, La (Spanish Edition) Paperback 6821779 $8.18 2009
The Black Dahlia Mass Market Paperback 34246 $5.20 $1.12 2006
La Dalia Negra / The Black Dahlia (Spanish Edition) Paperback 3040576 $11.06 $5.97 2017
The Black Dahlia (1) Hardcover 915164 $5.90 $4.41 2016