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MY DARK PLACES

Ellroy, James

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ISBN 10: 0679441859 / ISBN 13: 9780679441854
Published by Knopf, New York, 1996
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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This is the True Crime memoir of author James Ellroy, whose mother, Jean, was murdered in Los Angeles in 1958 when the author was ten years old. This book is the story of the police investigation of the murder, which remained unsolved, and of Ellroy's own investigation more than thirty years later. It is fascinating reading by a very good writer on a very personal issue. Signed on the fep by Ellroy in the scrawl he's used since he's become well-known and signed a lot of books. Text and boards are clean, tight, square; dustjacket shows only very minimal surface and edgewear, no chipping, no tears. A collectable copy. Bookseller Inventory # 003882

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Title: MY DARK PLACES

Publisher: Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: By The Author

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

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In 1958, when James Ellroy was 10 years old, his mother's body was found in a run-down town near Los Angeles. The murderer was never found; the case remains unsolved. This remarkable book--part unflinching autobiography, part vivid reportage--tells an extraordinarily gripping story about the failed murder investigation, uncovering Ellroy's daring, revelatory journey into and through his most forbidding memories. 14 photos.

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James Ellroy's trademark is his language: it is sometimes caustically funny and always brazen. When he's hitting on all cylinders, as he is in My Dark Places, his style makes punchy rhythms out of short sentences using lingo such as "scoot" (dollar), "trim" (sex), and "brace" (to interrogate). But the premise for My Dark Places is what makes it especially compelling: Ellroy goes back to his own childhood to investigate the central mystery behind his obsession with violence against women--the death of his mother when he was 10 years old. It's hard to imagine a more psychologically treacherous, more self-exposing way in which to write about true crime. The New York Times calls it a "strenuously involving book.... Early on, Mr. Ellroy makes a promise to his dead mother that seems maudlin at first: 'I want to give you breath.' But he's done just that and--on occasion--taken ours away."

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