The Black Dahlia

James Ellroy


I heard the author on the radio and bought the book under the misapprehension that it was new. I was surprise to find it was written in 1987. The main character, a police officer, reminds me of the main character in the move LA Confidential, which I enjoy very much. I suspect my enjoyment was due to the casting, for I am a big Russell Crowe fan.

The first half of the book is enjoyable, but the second half bogs down in the deterioration of the two policemen involved in the investigation. It has answers to who killed her, but since it is fiction it is impossible to know whether the killer is someone real or a figment of the author’s imagination.