Black Dahlia

by Geary, Rick,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Teen Department - Teen Graphic Non-Fiction HV6534.L7 G429 2016x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Teen Department - Teen Graphic Non-Fiction
Call Number  HV6534.L7 G429 2016x
On January 15, 1947, a woman was walking with her daughter in a Los Angeles neighbourhood. She passed what looked to be a discarded manikin. It turned out to be the body of Elizabeth Short: posed, drained of blood, meticulously scrubbed and cut in two. Eisner Award winner Geary takes us through all the twists and turns in one of the most captivating unsolved mysteries of the 20th century in this latest instalment of his Treasury of XXth Century Murder.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Continuing his series of graphic-novel renditions of historical murder cases, Geary portrays the notorious Black Dahlia killing that gripped postwar Los Angeles. In 1947, the dismembered body of a young woman was discovered in a vacant lot. The victim was soon identified as 22-year-old Elizabeth Short, who like so many others had moved to L.A. with showbiz dreams. Unlike most, however, she fell in with a crowd that included Mob-connected figures. The hunt for the murderer turned up nothing but dead ends, even after a newspaper received an anonymous package containing items from Short's purse and a note purporting to be from the killer. The investigation was also hindered by the city's notoriously corrupt police force, raising suspicions of a cover-up. The crime is unsolved to this day, and the LAPD's files remain sealed. While most fictionalized film and prose versions of the murder have taken a dark, noirish approach associated with the late '40s, Geary's consciously antiquated visual style evokes an even earlier era, but it clearly delineates the intricacies of this still-intriguing case.--Flagg, Gordon Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Geary's made a career from his series of true crime graphic novels, all well-researched and sober, yet also capturing something of the eerie spark that attracts people to murder lore. Now he tackles a legendary unsolved case that hints at the underbelly of Hollywood, a topic he's touched on before. Geary uses Elizabeth Short's murder to exercise his major strength, weaving a complex narrative through the events of the era to create a whole picture of the world where the crime occurred. Short's story is chronicled as a near-fable about the desperate grasp for the American dream of fame and fortune, and the way this dream can be overwhelmed by the tumult of other concerns that rampage through life. As usual, his black-and-white line art gives the stories a slightly retro, though never nostalgic, feel, with a tinge of weirdness to the chronicle of transgressions that reveal higher truths in their gruesomeness. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Series Geary, Rick. Treasury of XXth century murder.
Subjects Short, Elizabeth, -- 1924-1947 -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Murder -- California -- Los Angeles -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Murder -- Investigation -- California -- Los Angeles -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Nonfiction comics.
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels.
Publisher New York :NBM Graphic Novels,2016
Language English
Description 80 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781681120522
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