MY DARK PLACES is a book published by James Ellroy in 1996.
James Ellroy's mother was strangled to death in Los Angeles in 1958. Her murderer was never found. James Ellroy, who was 10 years old then, lived with his father during the following years. He was 17 when his father died.
James Ellroy experienced, on a non-stop basis, drugs, alcohol and prison for robbery on the next 10 years until the day, suffering from delirium, he's hospitalized in an L.A. hospital. He decides to stay clean and put his obsessions on paper.
One of these obsessions was his mother, a secret woman he has never understood. Who was Geneva Hilliker Ellroy? An alcoholic woman obsessed by sex, like her ex-husband said, or a smart woman deceived by life and trying to survive in the Los Angeles of 1958 ?
In 1994, James Ellroy comes back to L.A. and, in the company of Bill Stoner, a retired cop, decides to investigate again his mother's death. During 14 months, both men will find new leads, interrogate dozens of people and try to find the surviving witnesses of the tragic event. If James Ellroy hasn't found his mother's murderer, he will at least be at peace with himself after having learned to know intimately Geneva Hilliker Ellroy.
This report prepared by Daniel Staebler