Friday, July 11, 2008

Book Review

Book Review: The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy: This 1987 novel by James Ellroy is a must-read. Whether you are into crime fiction or not, this is the kind of book that transcends genres and hooks readers willing to journey into the darkest of dark corners of the human psyche. In this fictionalized account of the 1947 murder of Elizabeth Short (also known as The Black Dahlia), Ellroy takes one of the most infamous unsolved murders in history and uses it to turn the crime fiction genre over its head, with a microscopic study of the minds of a team of detectives in Los Angeles in the late 40's.
With Ellroy's unflinching focus on depravity, obsession, murderous insanity and lives spiraling out of control, this a tough story that's not for the faint of heart. But I challenge anyone to say that they have read many stories that can rival its power and its ability to linger in the mind long after reading the last sentence. This muscular, imaginative and challenging book, does to modern crime fiction what The Beatles did to Pop music.

Yes, it's that good.

That's it for me. Till next time, keep browsing those shelves.