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I'd hoped that this would book would put together a comprehensive alternative theory of the crime that could create questions. Unfortunately, it merely presents someone who may be a significant suspect and supports the accusation with a lot of circumstantial evidence that even the author has to qualify as supposition in many cases. A lot of stuff along the lines of: we can't prove it was Elizabeth Short in that hotel, but nobody can prove it wasn't. Which is to say, the author may be right, but can't really sell it.
Of greater was concern was the dismissiveness in the discussion of other suspects, specifically George Hodel. Again, while some of the criticism of the Steve Hodel book may have merit, this author doesn't hold that critical mirror to her own work.
And stylistically, though we are forewarned, the book has the cheap scent of film noir fandom, naming all the chapters on a film noir theme. And there are more than a few tangents that take the listener out of the strict brief of the book, presumably to provide atmosphere.
Not uninteresting, but just falls short of the mark.
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If you could sum up Black Dahlia, Red Rose in three words, what would they be?
Evidence based conclusion.
What other book might you compare Black Dahlia, Red Rose to and why?
Can’t think of any off hand.
What does Robertson Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He is an excellent narrator for this story. I listened 3 times and got something different each time.
What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?
It was fascinating to hear about the corruption in the LAPD back then. Many of the police were obviously working closely with known criminals of the day and protecting them in this, and many other matters. Even if you don’t agree with the authors finding, it is clear that many on the force at the time were being paid off to look the other way and “loose” evidence.
Any additional comments?
This was never looked at as a murder to be solved. The sensational nature of the crime, the adding of the “Black Dahlia” nickname, the press frenzy; all of those things made people forget a very young woman on her own was brutally tortured for several days and murdered in a horrible way. I think the author did a good job in reminding us of that.
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