My Dark Places (Paperback)
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My Dark Places (Paperback)

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Paperback 416 Pages
Published: 09/09/2010
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The celebrated crime novelist and author of The Black Dahlia and LA Confidential digs deep into the cold case of his mother's 1958 murder, mixing gripping real-life detective work with harrowing reflections on how profoundly the crime traumatised him as a child and young adult.

America's greatest crime writer investigates his mother's murder. On 21 June 1958, Geneva Hilliker Ellroy left her home in California. She was found strangled the next day. Her ten year-old son James had been with her estranged husband all weekend and was informed of her death on his return. Her murderer was never found, but her death had an enduring effect on her son - he spent his teens and early adult years as a wino, petty burglar and derelict.

Only later, through his obsession with crime fiction, triggered by his mother's murder, did Ellroy begin to delve into his past. Shortly after the publication of his groundbreaking novel WHITE JAZZ, he determined to return to Los Angeles and, with the help of veteran detective Bill Stoner, attempt to solve the 38-year-old killing.

The result is one of the few classics of crime non-fiction and autobiography to appear in the last few decades; a hypnotic trip to America's underbelly and one man's tortured soul.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9780099537847
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 287 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

The outstanding American crime writer of his generation - Independent

A gripping and quite awesome form of literature - Express

Stunning...extraordinary - Observer

A tour de force of confessional writing - TLS

Ellroy proves that he is more than just a crime writer, he is one of the best and most important writers in America today - VOX

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“Some kids found her...”

With none of the sentimentality that other authors may load onto such a personal and tragic tale, Ellroy seeks out the truth behind his mother'smurder and explores the personal consequences of losing her at such... More

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