Summary: Steve Hodel thought he lived a relatively normal life–until his father died. While going through his father’s belongings, Steve found an album of photographs, lovingly assorted, and which contained a picture of a woman brutally murdered decades earlier, the Black Dahlia. Intrigued by the connection, Steve, a former detective for the LAPD, leaves his calm retirement to investigate the unsolved murder of this young woman. In the process, he uncovers a string of other murders, and goes on to find more gruesome connections than he had ever expected. Over and over, the question is asked: who killed the Black Dahlia? Who is the Black Dahlia Avenger?
Evaluation: This book, although VERY well-written, was not to my taste. This is absolutely not a book for those with weak stomachs, or any susceptibility to fear in the face of intensely described murder scenes. I have no doubt that for the perfect audience, this book is more than ideal. Steve Hodel certainly knows how to write something gripping, and has no qualms about leaving the gore out.This was actually relieving at some points, for if you must read a book, the book might as well scare you out of your pants. Again, the content is dark, and Black Dahlia Avenger could be potentially traumatic for an unsuspecting reader, but for anyone else, it’s great!