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Women Crime Writers: Four Suspense Novels of the 1940s: Laura / The Horizontal Man / In a Lonely Place / The Blank Wall
Women Crime Writers: Four Suspense Novels of the 1940s: Laura / The Horizontal Man / In a Lonely Place / The Blank Wall | Vera Caspary
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The Library of America and editor Sarah Weinman redefine the classic era of American crime fiction with a landmark collection of four brilliant novels by the female pioneers of the genre, the women who paved the way for Gillian Flynn, Tana French, and Lisa Scottoline. Though women crime and suspense writers dominate today s bestseller lists, the extraordinary work of the mid-century pioneers of the genre is largely unknown. Turning in many cases from the mean streets of the hardboiled school to explore the anxieties and terrors lurking in everyday life, these groundbreaking novelists found the roots of fear and violence in a quiet suburban neighborhood, on a college campus, or in a comfortable midtown hotel. Their work, influential in its day and still vibrant and extraordinarily riveting today, is long overdue for rediscovery. This volume, the first of a two-volume collector s set, gathers four classic works that together reveal the vital and unacknowledged lineage to today s leading crime writers. From the 1940s here are Vera Caspary s famous career girl mystery "Laura," Helen Eustis s intricate academic thriller "The Horizontal Man," Dorothy B. Hughes s "In a Lonely Place," the terrifyingly intimate portrait of a serial killer, and Elizabeth Sanxay Holding s "The Blank Wall," in which a wife in wartime is forced to take extreme measures when her family is threatened."
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I am all done exams and finally have time to read! I am trying to get my hands on a copy of this bad boy! #bibliophile #mustread #crimefiction #bookworm

Clare-Dragonfly This is a great collection! Laura and In A Lonely Place are both amazing. 5mo
AWildMandaPanda @Clare-Dragonfly Good to know, thanks! :) 5mo
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Badass noir box set✔
Librarian action figure ✔
Ralph Steadman poster✔
Precariously stacked pile of books✔

Congratulations on your milestone @MicheleinPhilly ! You are one of the first people I recall interacting with on Litsy when I joined two years ago & you're an invaluable presence in this community. Ditto Pickles!
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LeahBergen I see The Kids in the Hall. 😆 8mo
vivastory @LeahBergen I♥KITH. I saw them perform in '03. Easily one of the best live shows I've ever attended. 8mo
Tonton @vivastory love that poster 8mo
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Leftcoastzen I had no idea you had such a glorious poster!”we were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.” 8mo
readordierachel Rad poster! And I spy Prey of Gods in one of those stacks. Great read👍🏽 8mo
vivastory @readordierachel I still need to read it. 😬 8mo
readordierachel Hey, no judgement from me. Most of the books I own are tbr 8mo
MicheleinPhilly Thank you for the very kind words, Scott. ❤️ And thanks for entering! 8mo
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I highly recommend this collection for the Dorothy B Hughes novel In a Lonely Place. It's far ahead of its time in my opinion, and I've since read a couple of her other works. If you want to journey deep in to the psyche of a disturbed individual, read immediately.

LisaW Thanks for the likes! 1y
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Hanging with some dirty girls this week.

squarepeginroundhole I just got my copy of Laura. Can't wait to start. 3y
Curley_Bender Those two LOA volumes are so so good. Also take a look at the story collection Sarah Weinman edited, "Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives". Some great stories in there. 3y
quirkyreader I'm glad that "The Blank Wall" is back in print in America. I had to get my copy from Persephone Books. And it is a very lovely edition. 3y
LisaW In a Lonely Place is one of the best books I've ever read! 💕 1y
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