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Black Dahlia Avenger Rev Ed: A Genius for Murder

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2007

    An Interactive Mystery

    I would strongly recommend the book The Black Dahlia Avenger to any person interested in reading a good mystery. The book is a very interactive read, and throughout keeps the reader guessing for the killer themselves. Although an enjoyable, well written book, I occasionally found myself doubting the authors abrupt conclusion based on similarities more than facts. A great picture is portrayed through the author's words that show true concern for solving the mystery, without the help of the police. Every time that there comes a break in the case, I put myself in the characters shoes, snooping around to solve the mystery of a beautiful actress, whose small dream, was the only desire she ever reached for after leaving her families. The author convinces the reader that the killer was a serial killer, and links Elizabeth Smart¿s murder to multiple other murders in the area of beautiful young ladies, who strived to greet Hollywood with a big debut, and trusted any person who said they could advance their careers closer to their goals. The author's extensive three year research on such a captivating story made for a shocking conclusion, keeping this book a ¿page turning¿ murder mystery through the last sentence.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

    Well this book was very interesting reading about a dysfunctiona

    Well this book was very interesting reading about a dysfunctional family with a philandering father and a somewhat weak, alcoholic and drug addled mother. However as far as proving that Steve Hodel's father, George Hodel, was the murderer of Elizabeth Short, AKA: "The Black Dahlia", the evidence [?] that Steve Hodel presents is non-existent. As soon as I got to the photos [2] side by side on Page 45 [hardcover edition] that Steve Hodel insists is Elizabeth Short, I was immediately convinced that this book needs to be shelved under the "fiction" section of any library. Any person who has had any type of training in anthropology and / or training in the human anatomy, especially training in facial recognition, can detect right away that those 2 photographs are not only not photos of Elizabeth Short [look at her photo on the front cover for comparison] but these 2 photos themselves are not even of the same person!! The photo on the left appears to be of a woman of some type of Asian descent [remember George Hodel later married a Japanese woman late in life so he might have had a preference for that type of woman thus the photo] and the photo of the woman on the right while not really appearing to be Asian, does appear to have "Asian Like" features [almond shaped eyes, short oval type face]. Though the woman in the photo on the left is wearing flowers in her hair, that type of hairstyle was much more common in the 1940's [especially amongst Asian women] than it is today. Flowers in your hair does not make you the "Black Dahlia". Both women have a hairline that is much lower on their forehead[s] than Elizabeth Short ever had [Elizabeth Short had a very high forehead made more prominent when she pulled her hair back as she frequently did]. Elizabeth Short had "sunken cheeks" below her cheek bones and these 2 women have a fuller facial structure beneath the cheek bones. Comparing the 2 photos on page 45 to the photo on page 160 of Elizabeth Short, we can also see that Miss Short had an eyebrow ridge that was very low to her eyes, whereas these 2 women's eyebrow ridge[s] were high off of their eyes. I am hoping that Detective Steve Hodel used better investigative skills when he was investigating homicides for the LAPD than he used when he wrote this book. I am curious as to how Steve Hodel was able to dupe Arcade Publishing into thinking that this was a true story???? I am wondering what revenge motive was satiated when Steve Hodel embarked on a campaign to dishonor and discredit his father by falsely accusing him of a homicide that George Hodel [his father] probably would not have even pondered committing??????

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    Great read

    Nothing but admoration for the author

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Long and drawn-out book.

    The book was interesting--for the first few chapters. After that, it just become a mumble/jumble of speculation and conjecture.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Negative

    Takes off her power suit and puts on her regular clothes

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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