The Black Dahlia Study Guide

The Black Dahlia

The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

Bucky and Lee are called to the D.A.’s office to find and arrest Nash, a rapist. He also pistol-whipped an old lady during a robbery. The woman later died.

Bucky and Lee get into a gun fight while searching hoodlums. Lee kills two men during the fight.

Bucky and Lee are questioned about the incident, but since all the deceased are known drug dealers, no further investigations are pursued.

Lee has a rough time dealing with what happened. He takes off on his motorcycle, leaving Bucky with Kay. Kay says Lee is scared because Bobby said he would kill Lee when he gets out of prison.

Bucky sees Kay in the shower. She has knife scars criss-crossing her back.

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