Black Dahlia, Red Rose: The Crime, Corruption, and Cover-Up of America's Greatest Unsolved Murder

Black Dahlia, Red Rose: The Crime, Corruption, and Cover-Up of America's Greatest Unsolved Murder

by Piu Eatwell


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A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice Selection
One of Bustle's "Best True Crime Books of the Year"

“[A] juicy page turner . . . capturing both the allure and the perils of the dream factory that promised riches and fame.”—New York Times Book Review

The gruesome 1947 murder of hopeful starlet Elizabeth Short holds a permanent place in American lore as one of our most inscrutable true-crime mysteries. In a groundbreaking feat of detection hailed as “extensive” and “convincing” (Bustle), skilled legal sleuth Piu Eatwell cracks the case after seventy years, rescuing Short from tabloid fodder to reveal the woman behind the headlines. Drawing on recently unredacted FBI and LAPD files and exclusive interviews, Black Dahlia, Red Rose is a gripping panorama of noir-tinged 1940s Hollywood and a definitive account of one of the biggest unsolved murders of American legal history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631494932
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 11/13/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 382,826
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Piu Eatwell is the author of Black Dahlia, Red Rose and The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse and has produced and researched historical documentaries for the BBC and other channels, including the widely acclaimed film Charles Manson: The Man Who Killed the Sixties. She divides her time between Paris and London with her husband and three children.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Key Dramatis Personae xvii

Part 1 Fallen Angel

1 Farewell My Lovely 3

2 A Double Life 14

3 The Capture 27

4 Gilda 38

5 Dial M for Murder 45

6 House of Strangers 54

7 The Big Sleep 62

Part 2 Dark Passage

8 The Letter 83

9 The Suspect 93

10 Behind Locked Doors 100

11 Deadline at Dawn 108

12 Breaking Point 118

13 The Lodger 128

14 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye 146

15 Panic in the Streets 151

Part 3 Raw Deal

16 Key Witness 165

17 The Glass Alibi 177

18 The Verdict 196

19 Detour 206

20 Fall Guy 211

21 Voice in the Wind 222

Part 4 Out of the Past

22 The Name of the Rose 233

23 Specter of the Rose 255

24 The Woman in the Window 263

Postscript 268

Afterword to the Paperback Edition 271

Acknowledgments 275

Full Dramatis Personae 279

Notes 287

Bibliography 333

Index 339

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