• James Hewlett

Stranger Than Fiction


I started a new book today; I’ve mentioned it in passing before as one I’d been sitting on; Black Dahlia Avenger.

I heard about this book from a really unlikely source, the American Football podcast Around The NFL, one of the hosts had read it and was raving about how good it was. I probably wouldn’t have ever checked it out otherwise so I’m appreciative of that.

I like true crime as a genre just fine, it’s interesting but I’m not as crazy for it as a lot of people have become in recent years with the proliferation of quality content like The Jinx, Serial, Making A Murderer and all the many other series Netflix has produced or bought.

I do like a good noir story though so when I heard the premise of this book I was intrigued.

Black Dahlia Avenger is a true story written by Steve Hodel, a former LAPD homicide detective who starts becoming interested in the Dahlia case after discovering two photos of her among his fathers affects after his passing in ‘99, some fifty two years after the murder in post war Hollywood.

The elevator pitch of the book, which is all I still really know of it as I’m only a couple of chapters in, is that in looking into the long unsolved mystery Steve Hodel becomes convinced that his father, who had been a detective in his own right at the time, had not only been involved but was in fact the Black Dahlia murderer.

The way the book is written is very engaging so far. It’s a true story but has a lot of flavour to it and it feels like a hard boiled noir story. Something more of the era of the murder rather than the turn of the century.

I always seem to write about books as I start to read them and then neglect to do a review at the end. The main reason for this is that my hope is that these posts will encourage someone else to check it out for themselves rather than just read my thoughts on it after the fact. I’d love to have a discussion about it though so if you read anything you’ve seen me mention feel free to hit me up on twitter or Instagram @jhewlett and we can talk about it.

Bonus picture at the end here, the heat broke into a massive storm late last night and I managed to snap a couple of cool pictures of the lightning. Not bad for the camera on a nearly three year old phone. Thankfully the weather is back to being gorgeous again today.

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