In a Lonely Place

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"Puts Chandler to shame . . . Hughes is the master we keep turning to."—Sara Paretsky, author of the V. I. Warshawski novels

"A superb novel by one of crime fiction's finest writers of psychological suspense. . . . What a pleasure it is to see this tale in print once again!"—Marcia Miller, author of the Sharon McCone novels

"This lady is the queen of noir, and In a Lonely Place is her crown."—Laurie R. King, author of the Mary Russell novels

Postwar Los Angeles is a lonely place...

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"Puts Chandler to shame . . . Hughes is the master we keep turning to."—Sara Paretsky, author of the V. I. Warshawski novels

"A superb novel by one of crime fiction's finest writers of psychological suspense. . . . What a pleasure it is to see this tale in print once again!"—Marcia Miller, author of the Sharon McCone novels

"This lady is the queen of noir, and In a Lonely Place is her crown."—Laurie R. King, author of the Mary Russell novels

Postwar Los Angeles is a lonely place where the American Dream is showing its seamy underside—and a stranger is preying on young women. The suggestively names Dix Steele, a cynical vet with a chip on his shoulder about the opposite sex, is the LAPD's top suspect. Dix knows enough to watch his step, especially since his best friend is on the force, but when he meets the luscious Laurel Gray—a femme fatale with brains—something begins to crack. The basis for extraordinary performances by Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame in the 1950 film version of the book, In a Lonely Place tightens the suspence with taut, hard-boiled prose and stunningly undoes the convential noir plot.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781558614611
  • Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Series: Femmes Fatales Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    GREAT NOIR!

    So very noir that I pictured the whole story in black and white.
    Dix Steele (how many pornstar wanna-bes are kicking themselves for not thinking up that name?) is a serial killer, and his best friend, Brum, is a cop. So the mystery isn't one of who did it or who will catch the killer as the reader already knows these things. Instead, Hughes keeps us guessing as to which of the three potential victims offered up will Dix choose next. It just boils down to who does he hate more?
    Hughes does a commendable job of writing in the voice of a man, and a psychotic one at that. Dix's mind ricochets between anger, hunger and sleep deprivation with the occasional bouts of joy over tricking his cop friend to give him lots of police information. His version of falling in love, as he does with a neighbor, shows Dix in full stalker mode and gives the reader another scary aspect of his personality.
    I'm glad I've finally discovered Hughes and I'll be reading more from her.

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