Title: MY DARK PLACES - Scarce Fine Copy of The ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 354 pages. Published in 1996. The author's autobiographical account on his mother's murder. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limtied first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. The DJ design is brilliant: It shows on the reverse side a reproduction of the Front-Page headline news on the murder, with a photograph of the boy James Ellroy. Presents James Ellroy's "My Dark Places". A new twist to both the personal biography and detective thriller genres by being a first-person account of the author's mother's unsolved murder. An event which haunted him for the rest of his life, James Ellroy finally unleashes pent-up emotions in a beautifully and unforgettably written "reconstruction" that is both coolly factual and emotionally harrowing. As he has repeatedly stated, James Ellroy became a writer (and a great one at that) because of his mother's death. His remembrance of his mother, flaws and all, is a loving son's homage, and is one of the finest achievements by an American author in the confessional mode. The basis of his entire oeuvre, this is an absolute "must-have" title for James Ellroy collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen on the publisher's tipped-in page by James Ellroy. Copies available online that claim to be signed on the front free endpaper are referring to the same tipped-in page. This copy is also very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page itself by Ellroy. The signature was obtained during his "Blood's A Rover" national book tour. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JAMES ELLROY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0679441859. Bookseller Inventory # 14822
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.
Review: 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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