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My Dark Places by James Ellroy
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Aug 26, 10

bookshelves: read-in-2010
Read from August 19 to 25, 2010

Definitely dark. What I like about this is Ellroy's willingness to go into the psychological background of someone obsessed with crime, and reveal some truly shocking things about himself. He's also very wise when it comes to discussing the misogyny that underpins crimes against women and the societal support that it receives. I'm not such a huge fan of his style: the short, staccato sentences work for a while, but he's too lax about allowing them to become repetitive and, eventually, a chore to read. Plus he's also willing to risk boring the reader with a flood of genuinely useless information: when talking about the investigation of his mother's murder, he seems to include very nearly every single tip or hint they received, despite 90% of them leading to nothing or coming from nutcases. I suppose that's intended to reveal how investigations like this work, but I already knew that and got tired of it pretty quickly. Still, a fascinating book in spite of its flaws.

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