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My Dark Places
My Dark Places | James Ellroy
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"Astonishing . . . original, daring, brilliant." --Philadelphia Inquirer 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 From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Coffeymuse
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So enjoying this read-wish I had a longer lunch!

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KadeLexical
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“Stoner learned that men killed women because the world ignored and condoned it”

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Reviewsbylola
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This was a mixed bag for me. The things I loved about it, I really loved. The combination of true crime/memoir/investigative piece was spectacular. I also loved how Ellroy imbued the entire narrative with a true sense of 50s crime novels. What I didn't love was how Ellroy would revert to stream of thought style writing. It made a lot of the book become very repetitious. I also think this could have easily been 100 pages shorter.

[DELETED] 2232195534 I keep thinking I need to read one of his books and then I don't. I just go watch L A Confidential again. 😉 3y
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Reviewsbylola
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Enjoying my last birthday cupcake with a hot latte and a good book. I just started part two and I found it really interesting that Ellroy focused on the crime of his mother in part one without injecting a personal element. It was very matter of fact. Now in part two, it has turned into a memoir wherein he relates his troubled relationship with his mother and the different emotions he dealt with when she was murdered.

Cinfhen Latte, cupcake, book...perfect after ~party!!! Enjoy 3y
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I'm struggling with the worst reading rut i have had in a long time. I have read so many amazing books recently in such a short amount of time that my brain just feels fried. I have read the first few pages of five or six books, at least, with no luck. So I am hoping this one does the trick. It is the longest standing book on my Goodreads TBR list (February 2008).

Suzze Mine is Thistle and Twigg, added May, 2007. 3y
rachel_mbc Good luck with your rut. 🍀 I love dipping in and out of lots of books, but I end up feeling so unproductive. 3y
Karen3 I was afraid to look, but it wasn't so bad January 2013 This Girl by CoHo. Hope the slump goes away soon cause I love following what you read. 3y
Notafraidofwords I'm so scared that will happen to me. 3y
BethFishReads Sounds like me in July. Just keep trying 😊 3y
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Reviewsbylola
My Dark Places | James Ellroy

I'm struggling with the worst reading rut i have had in a long time. I have read so many amazing books recently in such a short amount of time that my brain just feels fried. I have read the first few pages of five or six books, at least, with no luck. So I am hoping this one does the trick. It is the longest standing book on my Goodreads TBR list (February 2008).