My Dark Places by James Ellroy

My Dark Places

byJames Ellroy

Kobo ebook | September 23, 2009

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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
Title:My Dark PlacesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 23, 2009Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307488519

ISBN - 13:9780307488510

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ellroy Therapy Never a real fan of the crime fiction genre,I happened upon a T.V interview with James Ellroy a couple of years ago and most recently saw his bio on Bravo. I was reminded of "My Dark Places", a book that I had read some 18 months ago. I'm now convinced that the man is certifiable- a particular obsession, it seems, with all things psycho-sexual. This book is actually a true story chronicling Ellroy's own vain attempts to resurrect and solve the decades-old murder of his mother; a woman who, by the author's own admission, was of questionable moral repute. Only ten when the homicide took place, Ellroy recalls with oft-disturbing detail, a death that ironically awakens the young boy's sexual longings- that is, twisted longings of incest that occasionally peek into the forbidden world of necrophililia."My Dark Places" is a Norman Batesian autobiography that protracts a ten-year-old's misguided lust far a slain mother to full-blown adult psychosis. The murder investigation itself serves only to smokescreen the reader from Ellroys own crazed sexual self-indulgence and cheap titilation.
Date published: 1999-09-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ellroy Therapy Never a real fan of the crime fiction genre,I happened upon a T.V interview with James Ellroy a couple of years ago and most recently watched his bio on Bravo. I was reminded of "My Dark Places", a book that I had read about 18 months ago. I'm convinced now that the man is certifiable - a particular obsession it seems, with all things psycho-sexual. This book is actually a true story chronicling Ellroy's own vain attempts to resurrect and solve the decades-old murder of his mother; a woman who, by the author's own admission, was of questionable moral repute. Only ten when the homicide took place, Ellroy recalls with oft-disturbing detail, a death that ironically awakens the young boy's sexual longings - twisted longings of incest that occasionally peek into the forbidden world of necrophililia. "My Dark Places" is a Norman Batesian autobiography that protracts a ten-year old's misguided lust for his slain mother to full-blown adult psychosis. The murder investigation itself serves only
Date published: 1999-09-07