The Black Dahlia - James Ellroy 1987 - The Mysterious Press, New York - First Edition 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).
  ‘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.

Octavo (book size 23.7 x 16 cm). pp. [8] 325 [3]. Publisher’s black cloth backed purple paper boards, spine lettered in purple gilt, purple endpapers. Dust jacket priced $16.95 FPT to upper corner of front flap.

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" (September, 1987) to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket   Ref: 109359   Price: HK$ 2,000