The Black Dahlia

Version: Unabridged
Author: James Ellroy
Narrator: Stephen Hoye
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Horror, Police Stories
Publisher: Random House Audio Assets
Published In: August 2006
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 13 hours, 30 minutes
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On January 15, 1947, the torture-ravished body of a beautiful young woman is found in a vacant lot. The victim makes headlines as the Black Dahlia-and so begins the greatest manhunt in California history.
Caught up in the investigation are Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard. Both are obsessed with the Dahlia-driven by dark needs to know everything about her past, to capture her killer, to possess the woman even in death. Their quest will take them on a hellish journey through the underbelly of postwar Hollywood, to the core of the dead girl's twisted life, past the extremes of their own psyches-into a region of total madness.

Reviews (8)

The Black Dahlia

Written by Paperback Reader on April 14th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Story was good, narrator was great. Could listen to him all day.

The Story is Beyond Black

Written by Mandi Scott Chestler from Lake Oswego, OR on March 8th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The Black Dahlia is so dark and gruesome a story, I wanted to quit listening the whole way through. Instead, James Ellroy's talented crime writing and Stephen Hoye's perfect narration of this sordid tale kept me listening against my better judgment. The novel is sickening downward spiral of violence and deceit. Ellroy is a dark conjurer casting wordy spells to drive readers into a morbid obsession with a horrific true crime not unlike his protagonist, Detective Bucky Bleichert. Do yourself a favor. Skip this selection so you don't get hooked in the very first chapter.

The Black Dahlia

Written by Anonymous on December 3rd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I liked this book alot. I found it very interesting, I tend to like the longer unabridged books, so if you are not like me you may think it drags. It kept my attention that is for sure.

Too long!

Written by Anonymous on September 14th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Too much going on. There was so much interconnection with all the characters, it was hard to keep up. The movie was even worse.

The Black Dahlia

Written by Anonymous on March 15th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Similar to the movie, I was disappointed that this book did not center more on the actual case of the Black Dahlia. This is more about people that investigated the case, and their lives. The book was better than the movie, though. There was more a feeling of getting to know and understand the characters in the book, than the movie. I would not bother with this book again, though.

Black Dahlia - Sick

Written by Anonymous on August 30th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I hated this book. It nothing but a snuff novel full of sick people. The only compliment I can give is that I had to know the end of the story and could not stop myself from finishing. Now that I know the end I wish I had never started.

So Enjoyable

Written by Daparoye from Orange, CA on July 12th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This book was a pleasure to listen to. The narrator is EXCELLENT and gives the feeling of a noir type story. Very edgy. I LOVED the main characters, Bucky and Lee, and it was difficult to go into the house after my commute because I needed to know what happens next. Truly a terrific book. The afterword by the author was also worth a listen. I need to read more by him because he seems like a VERY INTERESTING character himself.

The Black Dahlia

Written by Anonymous on May 12th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was an interesting and scary crime drama, loosly based on a real-life unsolved murder. There are lots of surprises and twists and turns, and the book is well read by the reader to sound like a 1940s gumshoe detective novel.

Author Details

Author Details

Ellroy, James

James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His L.A. quartet -- The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential and White Jazz -- were international bestsellers. American Tabloid was Time's Novel of the Year in 1995; his memoir My Dark Places was Time's Best Book and a New York Times Notable book for 1996. His novel The Cold Six Thousand was a New York Times Notable Book and Los Angeles Times Best Book for 2001. He lives on the coast of California.