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The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
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Recommended to Shelby *trains flying monkeys* by: Jeff

I hated this damn book.
My friend Hulk-boy told me to read this author. I may punch him in the face.

It starts with the boxing fight of two young police officers Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard. They become known as Mr. Fire and Mr. Ice. The hotshot team that got the LA police dept a raise with their boxing match.
They team together after the fight as partner's. Then a young woman's body is found. She has been cut in two and tossed out. Betty/Elizabeth Short's story will become ingrained into your memory after that point.
Her history isn't pretty and the dept. tries to keep some of it out of the press because the public won't care about women they see as hooers.


I kept putting this book down saying that I was going to dnf the bastard. Then a few minutes later I would pick it up and begin reading it again. That's the kind of fucker this book is.
It's based loosely on a true story but in real life the Black Dahlia case is still open. Bless that poor girl's soul.

Dirty cops, women seen as skirts, corruption and sometimes just pure stupidity threads throughout this book.
I totally read it in my head with a Mickey Spillane voice too.
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Reading Progress

February 11, 2015 – Shelved
February 16, 2015 – Started Reading
February 19, 2015 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Jeff (new) - added it

Jeff *sticks chin out*

4 stars? Hate?


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Jeff wrote: "*sticks chin out*

4 stars? Hate?"


yes!!!


message 3: by Vivian (new) - added it

Vivian I hated this damn book.
My friend Hulk-boy told me to read this author. I may punch him in the face.


This is why I love your reviews :)


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Vivian wrote: "I hated this damn book.
My friend Hulk-boy told me to read this author. I may punch him in the face.

This is why I love your reviews :)"


LOL! :)


message 5: by Jeff (new) - added it

Jeff Didn't I warn you that this guy was "intense".


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Jeff wrote: "Didn't I warn you that this guy was "intense"."

I feel like I had a week long drunk. on tequila.


Ɗẳɳ  2.☊ Does he use that A.D.D. writing style here too? This one nearly broke me O.o


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Jeff Hah! Don't read the rest of the books, especially the fourth one. It'll drive you batshit or suicidal.


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Dan 2.0 wrote: "Does he use that A.D.D. writing style here too? This one nearly broke me O.o"

Pretty much..sometimes I was so bored with the little details and then out of frigging no where it would pick me up and slam me against the wall. I really thought during most of the book I was gonna one star the dang thing.


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Jeff wrote: "Hah! Don't read the rest of the books, especially the fourth one. It'll drive you batshit or suicidal."

Hell, I'm already bat-shit.


message 11: by Jeff (new) - added it

Jeff The ADD sounds like White Jazz. You'll be hallucinating after three chapters.


message 12: by Jeff (new) - added it

Jeff Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "Jeff wrote: "Hah! Don't read the rest of the books, especially the fourth one. It'll drive you batshit or suicidal."

Hell, I'm already bat-shit."


This is true...


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Jeff wrote: "The ADD sounds like White Jazz. You'll be hallucinating after three chapters."

shit..that one sounds good.


Ɗẳɳ  2.☊ Yeah I hesitate to venture back into Ellroy land.


message 15: by Shelby *trains flying monkeys* (last edited Feb 19, 2015 11:49AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Dan 2.0 wrote: "Yeah I hesitate to venture back into Ellroy land."

Hulk boy pushed me off that cliff. Dang him.

get this book out of my head!!!!!!


Andrew Smith I had mixed views about this book too. I read it because I was told that if I was serious about liking crime fiction I had to - a rite of passage. I thought it was ok. I liked bits and I didn't like other bits. I haven't read any other Ellroy books.


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Jeff The Big Nowhere - (view spoiler). If your on serious meds, avoid.


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Andrew wrote: "I had mixed views about this book too. I read it because I was told that if I was serious about liking crime fiction I had to - a rite of passage. I thought it was ok. I liked bits and I didn't lik..."

That's it exactly. Some parts were awesome and some so damn boring. It's one of those that I will think about for a long time though. I've read more gruesome ones but this one bothered me.


message 19: by Eilonwy (new)

Eilonwy I've owned a copy of this book for years, but I can't bring myself to read it.
The Black Dahlia grew up in the next town over from where I live, and there's a plaque for her on a rock by a parking lot where her house used to be. It's just incredibly sad.


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Jeff wrote: "The Big Nowhere - [spoilers removed]. If your on serious meds, avoid."

wut? Holy moly


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Eilonwy wrote: "I've owned a copy of this book for years, but I can't bring myself to read it.
The Black Dahlia grew up in the next town over from where I live, and there's a plaque for her on a rock by a parking..."


It's a sad story. I ended up really liking her.
AND THEN the author adds in a epilogue telling how his mom was killed and her killer never found.


message 22: by Jeff (new) - added it

Jeff Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "Jeff wrote: "The Big Nowhere - [spoilers removed]. If your on serious meds, avoid."

wut? Holy moly"


And that's just half of the book...


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Jeff wrote: "Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "Jeff wrote: "The Big Nowhere - [spoilers removed]. If your on serious meds, avoid."

wut? Holy moly"

And that's just half of the book..."


stahp!!! I've got a shitload of books already coming from the library!!


message 24: by Eilonwy (new)

Eilonwy Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "AND THEN the author adds in a epilogue telling how his mom was killed and her killer never found."

Oh, good grief, as if this book wasn't depressing enough without that! Just twist that knife in the poor reader's heart.


message 25: by Jeff (new) - added it

Jeff Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "Jeff wrote: "Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "Jeff wrote: "The Big Nowhere - [spoilers removed]. If your on serious meds, avoid."

wut? Holy moly"

And that's just half of the book..."

..."


Read some damn comics, woman!


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Eilonwy wrote: "Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "AND THEN the author adds in a epilogue telling how his mom was killed and her killer never found."

Oh, good grief, as if this book wasn't depressing enou..."


yes..I think this author might be a sadist.


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Jeff wrote: "Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "Jeff wrote: "Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "Jeff wrote: "The Big Nowhere - [spoilers removed]. If your on serious meds, avoid."

wut? Holy mo..."


I think I only have one coming. Seconds: A Graphic Novel. My library bites on comics.


Ɗẳɳ  2.☊ I downloaded the Locke & Key volumes last night :)


Rachel Reads Ravenously LMAO! Hate/love relationship for the win!


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Rachel ♥Reads Ravenously♥ wrote: "LMAO! Hate/love relationship for the win!"

It was. :P


message 31: by Anne (new)

Anne You had me at punching Hulk-boy. That guy is ob-noxious!
:)


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Anne wrote: "You had me at punching Hulk-boy. That guy is ob-noxious!
:)"


I knew we were friends for a reason! LOL


message 33: by Melanie (new)

Melanie I'm all about punching people in the face. Wait? We're talking about a book here...? :)


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Melanie wrote: "I'm all about punching people in the face. Wait? We're talking about a book here...? :)"

and punching Jeff..just cuz it's fun :P


message 35: by Anne (new)

Anne Punching Jeff ss part of a review? Gold!


Pierre Fortier I had exactly the same feeling and gave it 2 stars


message 37: by Jeff (new) - added it

Jeff Anne wrote: "Punching Jeff ss part of a review? Gold!"

You're sleeping in the pool house tonight.


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Pierre wrote: "I had exactly the same feeling and gave it 2 stars"

You want to punch Jeff? It's really fun.


message 39: by Jeff (new) - added it

Jeff Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "Pierre wrote: "I had exactly the same feeling and gave it 2 stars"

You want to punch Jeff? It's really fun."


Sure, I saw this once a week on the Bill Bixby/ Hulk show. A gang of hoodlum wimmen start beating on poor Jeff/David and viola!. Instant green wig/body paint roid rage. Watch it!


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Jeff wrote: "Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "Pierre wrote: "I had exactly the same feeling and gave it 2 stars"

You want to punch Jeff? It's really fun."

Sure, I saw this once a week on the Bill Bi..."


Bahahahaa!! Don't make me bring out Goldblum.


message 41: by Anne (new)

Anne Jeff wrote: "Anne wrote: "Punching Jeff ss part of a review? Gold!"

You're sleeping in the pool house tonight."


If you had a pool house, I probably wouldn't punch you!


message 42: by Patrycja (new) - added it

Patrycja Great review!!


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Patrycja wrote: "Great review!!"

Thanks Patrycja :)


Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog TERRIFIC review, Shelby!! :)
xoxoxo


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Patty ❤️❤️ Belongs To ❤️Kellan❤️Jesse❤️ Miller❤️and Archer❤️❤️ wrote: "TERRIFIC review, Shelby!! :)
xoxoxo"

Thanks Patty :)


message 46: by Wendy'sThoughts (new)

Wendy'sThoughts Your reviews are dragging me back to my thriller/Blood guts and Gore roots...What is making me frustrated is how good all the reviews you tease me with and not enough time to read all the books... gahhhh. :DDD


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Wendy'sThoughts wrote: "Your reviews are dragging me back to my thriller/Blood guts and Gore roots...What is making me frustrated is how good all the reviews you tease me with and not enough time to read all the books... ..."

LOL!! I wish for more time too. :)


Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈ Ok, so I have this one next up for my A-Z challenge, but HoL is making my brain hurt......and it sounds like this one will too!

WHY???

I may just need more fucking wine...


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Jess wrote: "Ok, so I have this one next up for my A-Z challenge, but HoL is making my brain hurt......and it sounds like this one will too!

WHY???

I may just need more fucking wine..."


You had me at wine. :P


Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈ I had myself at wine. Isn't it sad how little I need to talk myself into something?


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