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THE BLACK DAHLIA by  James Ellroy - Signed First Edition - 1987 - from L. W. Currey, Inc. (SKU: 107461)


THE BLACK DAHLIA by  James Ellroy - Signed First Edition - 1987 - from L. W. Currey, Inc. (SKU: 107461)


by Ellroy, James

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New York, London: The Mysterious Press, 1987. Octavo, cloth-backed boards. First edition. A presentation copy with full-page signed inscription by Ellroy to influential F&SF editor and publisher David G. Hartwell on front free endpaper. Novel based on the famous unsolved murder mystery in L.A. of the late 40's. Top and bottom edges of front boards sunned, more so lower edge, bit of ghosting from jacket image on front cover, lower rear corner tip bruised, a near fine copy in near fine dust jacket with a bit of rubbing to rear panel, matching bruise to lower corner tip, and clipped price. (#107461)


The Black Dahlia is a roman noir on an epic scale: a classic period piece that provides a startling conclusion to America's most infamous unsolved murder mystery--the murder of the beautiful young woman known as The Black Dahlia.   The novel fuses the real-life murder of Elizabeth Short with the fictional story of two police officers investigating the crime. Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948, the year after Short was found murdered, and Ellroy’s own mother was murdered when he was 10 years old - the killer never found.  Black Dahlia  was adapted into a film in 2006 starring Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Eckhart, and Hillary Swank.

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L. W. Currey, Inc. US (US)
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Ellroy, James
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second hand
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The Mysterious Press
Place of Publication
New York, London
Date Published
Mystery & Crime

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We buy and sell rare, fine and collectible first edition books, magazines, letters and manuscripts in all fields of popular fiction, with an emphasis on science fiction, fantasy and utopian literature from the earliest times to end of the twentieth century. We are open to the public by appointment only.


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