The Black DahliaBook - 2006
On January 15, 1947, the torture-ravished body of a beautiful young woman is found in a Los Angeles vacant lot. The victim makes headlines as the Black Dahlia -- and so begins the greatest manhunt in California history. Caught up in the investigation are Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard: Warrants Squad cops, friends, and rivals in love with the same woman. But both are obsessed with the Dahlia -- driven by dark needs to know everything about her past, to capture her killer, to possess the woman even in death. Their quest will take them on a hellish journey through the underbelly of postwar Hollywood, to the core of the dead girl's twisted life, past the extremes of their own psyches -- into a region of total madness.
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"That palooka lays a hand on me, I'll fix his wagon air tight." --- "Hearty fare breeds hearty people, haute cuisine breeds degenerates." --- You think you clever, don't you? You the bad guy, your buddy the nice guy. You gonna hit me, he gonna escue me. Don't you clowns know that bit went out with vaudeville?" --- " 'He did what he could' isn't a bad epitaph."
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