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Ellroy, James. MY DARK PLACES. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 354 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's autobiographical account on his mother's murder. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The DJ design is brilliant: It shows on the reverse side a reproduction of the Front-Page headline news on the murder, with a photograph of the boy James Ellroy. Presents a new twist to both the personal biography and detective thriller genres by being a true first-person account of the author's mother's unsolved murder. An event which haunted him for the rest of his life, James Ellroy finally unleashes pent-up emotions in a beautifully and unforgettably written "reconstruction" that is both coolly factual and emotionally harrowing. James Ellroy became a writer (and a great one at that) because of his mother's death. His remembrance of his mother, flaws and all, is a loving son's homage, and is one of the finest achievements by an American author in the confessional mode. The basis of his entire oeuvre, this is a "must-have" title for James Ellroy collectors. This copy is prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen on a tipped-in page by James Ellroy. Copies available online that claim to be signed on the front free endpaper are referring to the same tipped-in page. This particular copy is also very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page itself by the author. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a long time and is now collectible. This is one of very few such signed copies still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. One of the finest living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JAMES ELLROY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0679441859. $60.00

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