THE BLACK DAHLIA by JAMES ELLROY.
Los Angeles, 15th 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 half. 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...
........ Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Prologue): I never knew her in my life.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 158): ...... 'Hearty fare breeds hearty people, haute cuisine breeds degenerates .....'
MY THOUGHTS: Though not adverse to crime fiction if this hadn't been my Readers Group March read I doubt I would have picked The Black Dahlia up let alone read it to the end.
One of if not the most vile books I have ever had the misfortune to read, I can generally find some redeeming feature in any book but I'm afraid not with this one.
Badly written and full of colloquialisms I didn't understand - I know this can be a problem for us Brits reading certain American novels (and vice versa) BUT due to the context I generally have a rough idea of what is meant but alas this wasn't the case here - to me this story didn't so much as flow as jump from one violent (often sexual) episode to another.
Crude, overly violent and full of corrupt, sexist, racist characters (and that's just the supposedly good guys). Yes, I know the novel is set in the 1940's, a totally different era, but I'm really struggling to believe this is a totally realistic portrayal of that society at that time.
Not personally a fan of the 'star' rating system but as several of the sites I review on insist upon it I would like it known that I only award The Black Dahlia 1 star out of 5 as to award it none is not an option.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: A Readers Group read, I don't suppose it will surprise anyone to read I shan't be buying a copy of this.
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