In a Lonely Place
Dorothy B. Hughes
‘Puts Chandler to shame … Hughes is the master we keep turning to’Sara Paretsky
After the war, cynical veteran Dix Steele has moved to L.A., a city terrified by a strangler preying on young women. Bumping into an old friend, now a detective working on the case, Dix is thrilled by closely following the progress of the police. And meeting his new neighbour, sultry and beautiful actress Laurel Gray, brings even more excitement into his life. But the strangler is still prowling the streets – and Laurel may be in more danger than she realises…
In a Lonely Place was adapted for film in 1950, with Humphrey Bogart as Dix Steele.
My favourite crime writer. Full stop -- Sara Weinman * Los Angeles Review of Books * Dorothy B. Hughes is the unsung godmother of every feisty female investigator who has hit the streets in the last twenty-five years -- Val McDermind If you wake up in the night screaming with terror, don't say we didn't warn you. * New York Times Book Review * Dorothy B. Hughes was in a class of her own. To be a female author of hard-boiled fiction back in the 1940s was unusual enough, but to write a first-person narrative from the viewpoint of a male serial killer was breaking new ground by anybody's standards. She marked out this territory years before most other writers even knew it existed. -- Max Decharne, author of Hardboiled Hollywood: The Origins of Great Crime Films An excellent novel -- David Thomson * Have You Seen...? * A tour de force . . . The structure is flawless, and the scenes of postwar L.A. have an immediacy that puts Chandler to shame. No wonder Hughes is the master we keep turning to. -- Sara Paretsky
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