My Dark Places

My Dark Places

by James Ellroy
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My Dark Places by James Ellroy

The internationally acclaimed author of the L.A. Quartet and The Underworld USA Trilogy, James Ellroy, presents another literary masterpiece, this time a true crime murder mystery about his own mother.

In 1958 Jean Ellroy was murdered, her body dumped on a roadway in a seedy L.A. suburb.  Her killer was never found, and the police dismissed her as a casualty of a cheap Saturday night. James Ellroy was ten when his mother died, and he spent the next thirty-six years running from her ghost and attempting to exorcize it through crime fiction. In 1994, Ellroy quit running.  He went back to L.A., to find out the truth about his mother--and himself.  

In My Dark Places, our most uncompromising crime writer tells what happened when he teamed up with a brilliant homicide cop to investigate a murder that everyone else had forgotten--and reclaim the mother he had despised, desired, but never dared to love. What ensues is a epic of loss, fixation, and redemption, a memoir that is also a history of the American way of violence.

"Ellroy is more powerful than ever."
--The Nation  

"Astonishing . . . original, daring, brilliant."
--Philadelphia Inquirer

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679762058
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 512,125
Product dimensions: 5.15(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. He is the author of the L.A. Quartet: The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz, and the Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy: American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand, and Blood’s A Rover. These seven novels have won numerous honors and were international best sellers. He is also the author of two collections, Crime Wave and Destination: Morgue! and two memoirs My Dark Places and The Hilliker Curse.  Ellroy currently lives in Denver, Colorado.

www.jamesellroy.net

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My Dark Places 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For a first read of James Ellroy - this is diving in at the deep end. It is a haunting story told in four parts. Ellroy's stacato reportage in the third person in parts one and three - sets the author and reader in a surreal distance as observers to firstly the crime and, in latter years, the search for the facts. This style, however, does not prepare the reader for the impact of the second section of the book which hits you like a runaway bus - Elloy's drug and booze clouded years from the death of his mother to his meeting with Stoner, the detective on the edge of retirement who takes up his case. Part three 'The Kid in the Picture' is riveting as it is draining as Ellroy opens his phyche to the reader. The final part - again told in the first person - is Ellroy's reconcilliation with the ghost of his monther's memory and his guilt of denial. I was exhausted at the end of this book - but I wanted more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did get caught up with author's desire and chase for his own missing pieces, however too much of it was redundant. I found myself wanting to skip ahead to find new progress in the case. It does provide some insights into the anguish that loved ones go thru when they lose a loved one and the scenerio of events does not match their experience with deceased. Hopefully, this case will be solved someday. At that time, with new details added to story- it would not feel so incomplete.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
'My Dark Places' exists in a quantum state of being both "high art" and a "good read". James Ellroy nabs the artistic holy grail of "transcendence" in the face of the literati by eschewing their accepted tropes for many of the common conventions of mass-market paperback "true crime" shock lit. There is nothing that can prepare you for what it is: not 'In Cold Blood', not some Eggers-penned/Oprah-sanctioned book-of-the-month, not however many Ann Rule page-turners. This is more than just a memoir. This is more than just a true crime account given in hard-boiled, post-Beat, staccato style. This is more than just the most compelling story you'll ever read. James Ellroy is the most brilliant writer of the latter 20th century. This is his magnum opus.
Coriolana More than 1 year ago
I like this much better than Ellroy's fiction. It has the unmistakable note of truth and takes no prisoners. Yes, the style is intense, foul-mouthed and dares the reader to separate it from fiction, but in 'My Dark Places', Ellroy finds compassion for his lost mother in the rounds of attempting to solve her slaying. The internal psychodrama sucked me in and its truth creates a weird and wonderful dualism. A Greek tragedy in beat profanity, I could not put it down and it has haunted me for some time after reading. It's harsh and painful and completely mesmerising.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first James Ellroy book I have read. It's a man looking to find his mother's killer, but finding the love for her instead. I could not put this book down. I am now in the middle of reading the LA Quartet . James Ellory's writing is addicting!
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What a waste of money this book sucked
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