A Kiss before Dying

A Kiss before Dying

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by Ira Levin
     
 

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A Kiss Before Dying not only debuted the talent of best-selling novelist Ira Levin to rave reviews, it also set a new standard in the art of mystery and suspense. Now a modern classic, as gripping in its tautly plotted action as it is penetrating in its exploration of a criminal mind, it tells the shocking tale of a young man who will stop at nothing—not even

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A Kiss Before Dying not only debuted the talent of best-selling novelist Ira Levin to rave reviews, it also set a new standard in the art of mystery and suspense. Now a modern classic, as gripping in its tautly plotted action as it is penetrating in its exploration of a criminal mind, it tells the shocking tale of a young man who will stop at nothing—not even murder—to get where he wants to go. For he has dreams; plans. He also has charm, good looks, sex appeal, intelligence. And he has a problem. Her name is Dorothy; she loves him, and she's pregnant. The solution may demand desperate measures. But, then, he looks like the kind of guy who could get away with murder. Compellingly, step by determined step, the novel follows this young man in his execution of one plan he had neither dreamed nor foreseen. Nor does he foresee how inexorably he will be enmeshed in the consequences of his own extreme deed.

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Library Journal
Levin's 1953 thriller dishes up a handsome young man with great social ambitions who also happens to be a sociopath. Not wanting anything to get in his way on the road to success, he must do the right thing when his girlfriend gets pregnant. But for him the right thing is murder. The novel is told from the perspectives of the killer and the girl's two sisters, who try to solve the mystery. Levin's thrillers are always fun. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515060775
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/1981
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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A Kiss before Dying 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book left an impression on me. Top-notch thriller with plenty of twists and tense, rattling situations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoughtful ad finely crafted; fun to pick out the 50's details and reflect on our changing world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Once you start reading this book and getting into it, it captures you to where you never want to put it down. This book makes you gasp, laugh, cry, and also make you bite your finger nails! If you love romantic and suspenceful books this is the one for you. I truly must say that this is the best book i have read for a long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave this book five stars only because I couldn't give it six. One of the best books I've ever read and certainly my favorite by this author.
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RonnaL More than 1 year ago
A KISS BEFORE DYING is an Edgar Award Winning classic mystery that, arguably, was the beginning of the modern psychological mystery thriller.  This is a classic tale of murder for money, but it's the brazenness of the criminal that becomes the shocker.  Young handsome college student meets beautiful young coed. They plan to marry, but for all the wrong reasons.  Our handsome hero is anything but the hero.  We get to experience all of his thinking as he plans out his wonderful life that just need lots of money to be complete.  Coming from a very poor background, what better way to use his brains and good looks, than to find the perfect rich wife.  Only when complications arise, maybe she needs to dye.  Maybe this happens one too many times!! The build up of the plot through the killer's mind is done beautifully in this book.  His "out there" reasoning is followed through from beginning to end  in a book that constantly makes the reader want to warn the characters of impending danger throughout the story.  Suspense is built to a tingling point more than once in this masterful psychological suspense. Many of Ira Levin's books were made into movies, but the book never reads like a movie script. Must read for anyone thinking of writing psychological suspense. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me guessing until the end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast , suspence filled story. Ira levin fan here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. It was even better than the movie. It was a very quick read and it keep me on the edge of my seat the entire time.
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