publication date: Thursday, May 3, 2012 (part of Spring 2012)
clue: He channeled his grief over his mother's murder into a novel about the Black Dahlia case, and went on to expose more of L.A.'s confidential secrets.
explanation: Ellroy wrote The Black Dahlia and L.A. Confidential. more…
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Justin Woods, Richard Slominsky, Matthew Preston, Joanna Woods, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Erik Bates, Steve Dunn, and Aaron Shurtleff