Title: My Dark Places
Publisher: Knopf, NY
Publication Date: 1996
Illustrator: Photo Illus. In b&w
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: By Author
Edition: First Edition
Book Type: Mystery
353pp. Grey/black cloth. Statd 1st Ed. Square, tight, bright copy with firm corners. Crisp, unclipped pictorial DJ in Mylar cover ($25.00). Photo illus. in b&w. Signed by Elroy in ink on page after the FFEP (short version of signature - more of an initialing than a full flourish). AS NEW! NO MARKINGS! USPS Tracking provided. (H) Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 17951
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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