OverviewWinner:2017 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, Non-fictionOn January 15, 1947, a woman was walking with her daughter in a Los Angeles neighborhood. She passed what looked to be a discarded manikin. It turned out to be the body of Elizabeth Short: posed, drained of blood, meticulously scrubbed, and cut in two. From this point, Geary reconstitutes and reveals for us the life of this 22-year-old woman who had become known as "Black Dahlia" because of her striking appearance. How could her life have ended in such a ghastly fashion? Was it a jealous boyfriend, a rejected suitor, or one of LA's notorious mafia connections whom she had apparently been dabbling with? The case gets more complex when, days later, a local newspaper receives a cut-out letter from an anonymous "Black Dahlia Avenger" admitting to the crime.
Reviews"Meticulously researched, immaculately presented, Black Dahlia is another page-turning whodunnit from one of America's finest and most unique writer/artists. Geary, as usual, is the true treasure of the series." —Andrew Smith, Indiana Gazette
"As usual, his black-and-white line art gives the stories a slightly retro, though never nostalgic, feel, with a tinge of weirdness to the chronicle of transgressions that reveal higher truths in their gruesomeness." —Publishers Weekly
"Clearly delineates the intricacies of this still-intriguing case." —Gordon Flagg, Booklist
Author BiographyRick Geary is an award-winning cartoonist and illustrator who has been published by Marvel Entertainment Group, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Heavy Metal magazine, Rolling Stone, National Lampoon and the New York Times Book Review, to name a few. He is the author of the long running A Treasury of Victorian Murder series and the Treasury of XXth Century Murder series. He lives in Carrizozo, New Mexico, with his wife, Deborah.