"I give The Black Dahlia three stars for me, five stars for people who like plot so much that they just can't get enough of it. 'You know what this book needs is more fuckin' plot,' is what people who will love this book say about a lot of books. 'What about a book that has a plot and then it ties that up in a satisfying manner and ends?' says people who weren't really into this book. 'Oh, that's for wusses,' says people to whom I would recommend this book. 'More plot!'
When people who are really into this book review it on Goodreads, they're gonna say 'I liked the part where you thought one plot was wrapping up, but then that turned out to be a different plot that you didn't even know was happening, and then this plot turned out to be about some people you barely even noticed, and then like three other plots came out of nowhere, and I feel like a cokehead when it's blizzarding cocaine, just rolling around and doing snow angels in all that delicious cocaine, except with plot instead of drugs. Oh yeah, baby...plot.'
I'm not really like that though, I consider myself more of a moderate plot fan, so this left me thinking whoa, guy, you might wanna rein it in a little there. Anyway, I get that you really like Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, so do I, but you've failed to convince me I shouldn't just go read more of them.
Or I could just re-read Sin City, which similarly does a lot of ripping off of Chandler, but at least it has a sense of humor about it."
He wrote, thinking, "Well, that review seems good. Have I made my point? No, I'm gonna make like fifty other things happen before I finish it." And then people who will really enjoy The Black Dahlia were like "LIKE".