by Theodore Roszak
could be to old Hollywood what "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail"
is to the Crusades and actually a whole lot more. You'll never look at
a black & white movie in the same way again. is a real jewel (quite
a long one at that) for the conspiracy theorists. There have been throughout
my experience books, which are patently fiction, but which certain....
romantics you could
call them/us, believe are secretly true, and so begins the snowball of
rumour - "do these guys know something we don't?" begins to
roll. I do
remember it happening with "The Celestine Prophecies" in fact
there are still people who want to believe in that book of platitudes.
Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that if you are this kind of romantic,
then this book is for you - or if you are not and you just like to kid
yourself a little bit, this book is for you - and even if you are neither
these, this book is still for you. Very entertaining, very creepy.
"The Black Dahlia"
by James Ellroy
Ellroy is a very, very clever man he recreates a totally convincing Los
Angeles that really conveys the moral wasteland waiting to be rebuilt
that is post-war humanity.
Based on some of the facts of the real Black Dahlia murder in the 1040s
this fictionalised and characterised account is the most gripping crime
novel I have ever read.
Bucky Bleichert is the boxer turned cop who narrates the story and what
a story. Bucky and his comrade Lee Blanchard who's relationship is complicated
when they fall for the same girl become obsessed with the grisly killing
of a beautiful girl. With them the reader is dragged down into a dark
twisted maelstrom of vice and crime, attended by bent cops, perverts,
racists and the rest. I really did feel like I needed to come up for air,
but once Ellroy has you grabbed by the ankles, he doesn't let up until
the last gasp. Not for the faint hearted.