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My Dark Places

James Ellroy

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ISBN 10: 0679441859 / ISBN 13: 9780679441854
Published by Knopf November 1996, 1996
Used Condition: Fine (F) Hardcover
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Very collectable condition. Appears unread, crisp, clean, bright and tight. First Edition, First printing. Now protected with Durafold unattached to jacket. Near fine book/Near Fine Dust Jacket. BEAUTIFUL copy. Satisfaction guarantee. 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 a new twist to both the personal biography and detective thriller genres by being a true 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. 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 a 'must-have' title for James Ellroy collectors. This copy is prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen on a tipped-in page by James Ellroy. hardcover. Bookseller Inventory # 20100623105866

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Title: My Dark Places

Publisher: Knopf November 1996

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine (F)

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed By Author

Edition: First 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 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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