The New York Timesâ€“bestselling reveal of the Black Dahlia killer. â€śCompletely convincing . . . As far as Iâ€™m concerned, the case is closedâ€ť (Michael Connelly).
In 1947, the brutal slaying of twenty-two-year-old Elizabeth Short resulted in the largest manhunt in Los Angeles history. The killerâ€™s identity remained a mystery. Decades later, private investigator and former LAPD homicide detective Steve Hodel launched his own investigation into the most tantalizing unsolved case of the last century. It led to a shockingly unexpected perpetrator: Hodelâ€™s own father. Next came an equally blindsiding discovery. The Black Dahlia was not a standalone crime. Between 1943 and 1949, the cold-case â€śLone Womanâ€ť serial murders haunted the Southern California area. All of them, Hodel believes, committed again by a one real-life Jekyll and Hyde: Dr. George Hill Hodel.
In Black Dahlia Avenger, Steve Hodel â€śpaints a chilling, detailed, week-by-week, year-by-year portrait of his father as an intellectual giant driven to serial killing by his arrested emotional development, his hatred of women and his obsessions with money, power and sexâ€ť (Los Angeles Times). Including never-before-published forensic evidence, photographs, previously unreleased documents, and the authorâ€™s own intimate perspective of a terrifying family psychodrama, Hodel â€śhas written one of the most compelling true-crime books of all time . . . the most noir of noir storiesâ€ť (Seattle Weekly).