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My Dark Places by James Ellroy
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Oct 04, 09

bookshelves: non-fiction, crime
Read in October, 2009

Not a perfect book, but a very very good one. Probably the most insightful true crime book I've read in a long time. The ultimate verdict is grim: Vicious crimes happen - sometimes for no good reason, sometimes because people put themselves in harm's way. Sometimes evil people do evil things without provocation, and there is little one can do be completely safe. Ellroy is particularly focused on the sexual component of crime, sketching out some very ugly truths about men's hatred for women. Ultimately his take is biased due to personal experience, but one suspects he is not far off.

Ellroy is upfront about the more loathsome aspects of his longing to figure out his mother, revealing much about his other writing in the process. Now I now where all his voyeur characters come from. Another important element is his brutally honest account of his struggle with addiction to alcohol and drugs, it's rare to seen it written about so succinctly and without self-rationalizing.

These are truly dark places.
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