Monday, January 17, 2011

Readalong : The Black Dahlia : Week two

I'm participating in The Lost Entwife's January readalong of The Black Dahlia. The reading assignment for January 10-16 was to read Chapters 10-19. I'm reading from the 1987 Mysterious Press edition.

I'll try not to give away too much of the story, but you may find some spoilers in my readalong posts.

This week we add sex and more violence to the mix. This is only to give you fair warning. If you have a problem with either, then you probably don't want to read The Black Dahlia. If you can handle it, then you definitely want to read it. In my opinion it isn't too bad. Yes, you may grimace at some of the police brutality, but it isn't super graphic. After all, the novel is based on a brutal crime so you have to expect it to be a bit brutal itself.

Things really take a turn for the worse for Lee Blanchard in this section. His obsession with Elizabeth Short (a.k.a. Black Dahlia) continues to grow and threatens to send him off the deep end. The police get a number of seemingly good leads, but nothing gets them much very far. Most of those involved in the case begin to think it will go unsolved.

Since this is based on a real-life unsolved murder, I'm interested to see how Ellroy manages to bring a sense of resolution to the novel. Will he create a killer to solve the crime or leave it unsolved? I guess I'll just have to keep reading to find out!

Related posts:
Readalong : The Black Dahlia : Week one
Readalong : The Black Dahlia : Week three

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