MY DARK PLACES

Ellroy, James

ISBN 10: 0679441859 / ISBN 13: 9780679441854
Published by New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996. dj, 1996
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. An L. A. Crime memoir - the true story of the unsolved murder of Ellroy's mother, and of his investigation into her life and death. One of an undisclosed number of copies SIGNED by the author on a tipped in page. 353 pp. Very near fine in a like dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 58465

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Title: MY DARK PLACES

Publisher: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996. dj

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

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 hard-boiled detective fiction is like Raymond Chandler's with a darker post-modern edge. His heroes are almost as nasty as the scum they track through a sordid underworld. This non-fiction book is written in much the same style as his fiction, with his trademark staccato prose, his expletive-laden dialog, his air of worldly cynicism. Yet here Ellroy is writing of a real-life murder, that of his own mother, who was strangled to death in sensational film noir circumstances in 1958 when he was ten. Ellroy's memoir tells how he hired a retired police detective to help him investigate the never-solved crime. Ellroy gets to play a real private P.I. as the two follow various leads. They don't close the case, but the book reveals some of the demons that have fueled Ellroy's fiction.

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