- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Arrow; New edition edition (5 Jun. 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099549611
- ISBN-13: 978-0099549611
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,019,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
My Dark Places Paperback – 5 Jun 1997
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"The outstanding American crime writer of his generation" (Independent)
"A gripping and quite awesome form of literature" (Express)
"A tour de force of confessional writing" (TLS)
"Ellroy proves that he is more than just a crime writer, he is one of the best and most important writers in America today" (VOX)
America's greatest crime writer investigates his mother's murderSee all Product Description
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In one sense I feel that this book was written almost exclusively for Ellroy himself to read, I'm sure that he had little commercial incentive or reasoning to do it. Yet the raw, body-pummelling honesty of the book from start to finish makes for fascinating reading for those who, like myself, have ever wondered what made Ellroy write in the way he does in such classics as The Black Dahlia or The Big Nowhere. I have to admit that the short sentence style adopted in My Dark Places does irritate at times, in spite of the fact that the writer explains this after the end of the story. It gave me the impression that what we are reading, much of the time, are either his own or Stoner's investigatory notes and copied to the page verbatim.Read more ›
The Hilliker curse was beautiful, but had more of a narrative. This book is harder, colder, less satisfying, but ‘truer’ perhaps.
There is no straight narrative or happy ending, just a man facing up to his question, and throughout, taming and warming up to the memory of his mother.
A beautiful book, which I strongly recommend!
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Shocking and painful. His real life inspiration for his writing. A must for any true readers of contemporary crime fiction.Published 20 months ago by LauderRay
this book is highly recomended it is probabley better than any of his fiction halfway into chapter one i was hooked please read and dont be judgemetal untill the endPublished on 6 Jan. 2014 by Mrtmcnally
If you like dark and unsettling stories, then this is for you. Well worth reading, but not everyone's taste. Loved it.Published on 1 Nov. 2013 by Margaret Martin
Unlike most crime writers, Ellroy has actually been through it all, and sometimes his experiences and pain comes through in his other novels. Read morePublished on 28 Nov. 2001