The Black Dahlia - Signed - James Ellroy 1987 - The Mysterious Press, New York - First Edition Fine first edition signed by the author, in fine dust jacket with none of the usual fading to spine usually encountered.

Based on the most notorious murder case in Hollywood. On January 15, 1947, the torture-ravished body of a beautiful young woman is found in a vacant Los Angeles lot. The victim, raven-haired 22-year-old actress Elizabeth Short, makes headlines as the ‘Black Dahlia’ and so begins the greatest manhunt in California history.

‘A mesmerising study of the psycho-sexual obsession ... extraordinarily well written’ –
The Times.

The first in what became Ellroy’s ‘L.A. Quartet’ (the others being
The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz).

Basis for the 2006 film directed by Brian De Palma, starring Josh Hartnett, Aaron Eckhart, and Scarlet Johansen.
  ‘One of those rare, brilliantly written books you want to press on other people’ – Time Out.

James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. He is best known for his ‘LA Quartet’ novels.

‘The outstanding crime writer of his generation’ –
The Independent.

First edition first printing, copyright page showing ‘First Printing: September, 1987’ and a complete number row, 10 -1. Dust jacket with the matching date code ‘0987’ (indicating September, 1987) to lower corner of front flap.

Octavo (book size 23.7x16cm). pp. [8] 325 [3]. Publisher’s black cloth backed purple paper boards, spine lettered in purple foil, purple endpapers. Dust jacket priced ‘$16.95 FPT’ to upper corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket   Ref: 110794   Price: HK$ 2,000