Sunday, February 05, 2006

You are an obsession

Looks like another of Ellroy's LA Quartet novels is going to be made into a movie. This time it's the Black Dahlia, made by Brian DePalma. The Black Dahlia was a name given to Elizabeth short, an aspiring actress murdered in Los Angeles in 1947. The crime was never officially solved, although a few books claim to offer the truth. The wiki has tons of info if you are interested in the case.

Ellroy's book is less about the murder than it is about the people it affects, including the cops investigating them. It also gives him a chance to peel back society's false smiles and take a look at its black heart. Ellroy's characters become obsessed by the crimes they see and many of his books span years. This is one is good, but follow on volumes The Big Nowhere, LA Confidential and White Jazz are even better.

I'm not sure if there was ever a Black Dahlia "In Search Of," but there should have been. Still no In Search Of DVD available, which is so weak.

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