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The Shamus Award Nominee Back in Print! "Mystery, adventure and a tad of romance. Well done and recommended." -Shirley Johnson, Senior Reviewer MidWest Book Review. Every cop in L.A. Robbery-Homicide is trying to find out who killed Elizabeth Short, "The Black Dahlia." At the same time private eye Rick Page is trying to locate a millionaire's missing wife. In the middle of that case, Page is unwillingly drafted to find a young man who wronged the daughter of a crime lord. Soon, bodies - tortured in the same ...
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Shadow of the Dahlia

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Overview

The Shamus Award Nominee Back in Print! "Mystery, adventure and a tad of romance. Well done and recommended." -Shirley Johnson, Senior Reviewer MidWest Book Review. Every cop in L.A. Robbery-Homicide is trying to find out who killed Elizabeth Short, "The Black Dahlia." At the same time private eye Rick Page is trying to locate a millionaire's missing wife. In the middle of that case, Page is unwillingly drafted to find a young man who wronged the daughter of a crime lord. Soon, bodies - tortured in the same manner as the Dahlia - begin to pile up, and Page learns that he's in deadly danger. To survive, he must discover whether the murderer is a cunning copycat attempting to confuse the police, or whether he has fallen under the shadow of the Dahlia's killer. "A master of retro noir." -Private Eye Writers of America newsletter. "...A rousing story, compellingly told ... wonderful read for anybody who loves a good book." -Warren Murphy, Two-time Edgar Winner. "...A marvelous private-eye novel set in the mid-1940s. The sounds and souls of a generation that survived both the Great Depression and World War II resonate from every chapter, and Rick Page is a realistic and empathetic narrator. Shadow of the Dahlia is a 'keeper'." -Jeremiah Healy, author of Spiral and Turnabout
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  • BN ID: 2940012197016
  • Publisher: Renaissance E-Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/19/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 792 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2006

    Perfect for Fall 2006

    With all the publicity for the new 'Black Dahlia' movie this month, I figured it was time to read 'Shadow of the Dahlia' by Jack Bludis. I've been saving this book to read as a treat, and since this week has had a few disappointments, I figured that was enough excuse to ignore the phone for a few evenings and plunge myself back into Hollywood in the early part of 1947. The protagonist of this book is Rick Page, a private eye. Rick is thrown into the world of Hollywood high-rollers who trade women like cars when he is asked to find Laura Prendergast, ex-callgirl, now-wife of a millionaire. At the same time, a crime boss enlists Rick's help in discovering who fathered his impetuous daughter Alice's forthcoming child. Rick doesn't feel like he's making any headway in either case. The wife he's seeking doesn't want to be found, and the people she is hiding with turn out to be worse than the people she was hiding from. The daughter won't tell him who the father of her baby is, and she doesn't really want to settle down and be married, anyway-- but she makes it clear she wouldn't mind sleeping with Rick [again!]. All the city's attention is focused on the brutal murder of Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia, so it seems Rick alone is left find out what really happened to Laura Prendergast, and find a Daddy for Alice's baby. But when people keep warning Rick to mind his own business-- NOT TO MENTION knocking him out several times and trying to drown him-- he could swear the voices are familiar from both cases. What's the connection between Laura and Alice? And do either of them have a connection to the murder of the Black Dahlia? Jack Bludis does it again... this great book sets you squarely in another time and place for a few days, keeps you on your toes from the start, and delivers a satisfying conclusion. This would be a great book to read anytime, but especially so now, to get psyched up for the release of the new movie 'Black Dahlia.'

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