Women Crime Writers

Women Crime Writers

Four Suspense Novels of the 1940s

Book - 2015
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Four suspense novels of the 1940s. These four stories explore the terrors of family life, personality disorders, and horrors of the mind.
Publisher: [New York] : The Library of America, c2015
ISBN: 9781598534306
Characteristics: 767 p. ; 21 cm


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Apr 14, 2018

Very fine writing by authors previously unknown to me. A must read! includes detailed author biographies, and reference notes. Interesting peek into the 1940's.

Sep 19, 2017

Read "In a Lonely Place" only.
Liked the slow, steady build of character complexity and suspense. Made for a real page turner. I'm a D. B. Hughes fan now.

Nov 06, 2016

"In a Lonely Place" - Recently I saw the Humphrey Bogart film “In a Lonely Place,” which was loosely inspired by the Dorothy B. Hughes novel of the same name. Reviews of both explained that the two works were quite different leading me to read the novel and compare the two works. I found that the novel was quite different. The film changed the author to screenwriter trying to make a comeback after several failures. Nicolas Ray, the director of the film, used it to critique the bullying of the industry on the screenwriters. The novel differs in that feminist Hughes refuses at every turn to blame the murderer’s complexes on his mother.


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