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Publisher's Summary

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 LA suburb.Her killer was never found, and the police dismissed her as a casualty of a cheap Saturday night. James Ellroy was 10 when his mother died, and he spent the next 36 years running from her ghost and attempting to exorcize it through crime fiction. In 1994, Ellroy quit running. He went back to LA, 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.

©2009 James Ellroy (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Ellroy is more powerful than ever." (The Nation)   

"Astonishing...original, daring, brilliant." (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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Haughting. I did cry. A good cry.

This book opened up something I've never seen. Strangely great book. It feels like Mr. Ellroy caught me off guard. I highly recommend this book!

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I did not like the narrator’s voice or the way the book was read. Sorry Michael

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Very Dark Places

Great listen, especially if you love Ellroy. The inspiration behind a heavy pulp fiction writer. But it is VERY dark and cringe inducing at times. Heavy on the pulp, heavy on true crime, heavy on depravity.