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In a lonely place (1947 original; edició 2017)
de Dorothy B. Hughes
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The only thing I would add to the reviews here is that there are way too many passages where there is Dix or someone else lighting a cigarette, or Dix thinking about what he wants to eat, or Dix pouring more alcoholic drinks, or thinking about where he might drive and how he'll get there. Normally, I wouldn't notice something like that, but in this novel it's overdone. It's like Hughes was padding. Laurel comes across as sociopathic, which I'm not sure is intended. Otherwise, the positive points that other reviewers have talked about are valid. ( )
I was starting to think that the noir genre just wasn't for me until I read this book. I'll definitely try another Dorothy Hughes book when I'm in the mood for crime fiction again.
Another amazing Dorothy Hughes book- not quite in the Ride the Pink Horse class, but excellent nonetheless in the cool and unsympathetic portrayal of the anti-hero of the book. Loved the simmering tension / love / bitter with Laurel Gray- quite the character her!- and the cat and mouse with the wife of his cop friend, Grub. but why did he kill Blackie back in England???
By chance I happened to catch the movie on TCM while I was reading this book and despite it's great reputation- it stinks compared to the book. Obvious and 180 shifted in lead character.. just a whole other story. Yes, great in its own way, but ...not very very. Laurel is the worst.. compared to the strong character of the book. O well.
All killer, no filler noir with the double-satisfaction of a serial strangler POV and a case solved by a pair of cool dames.
Great character names (Dix Steele!), perfect title, ideal setting in the clammy, foglit environs of Hollywood and Santa Monica. Hughes nails the two noir essentials of atmosphere and moral ambiguity and doesn't waste a word in doing so.
Now for the film version!
Narrated by a murderous psychopath. The genius is that he is quite normal. He gets his laundry done, falls in love and enjoys time with friends. But he is vain and insecure and lacking in empathy. He eternally feels sorry for himself
“Once he’d had happiness but for so brief a time; happiness was made of quicksilver, it ran out of your hand like quicksilver. There was the heat of tears suddenly in his eyes and he shook his head angrily. He would not think about it, he would never think of that again. It was long ago in an ancient past. To hell with happiness. More important was excitement and power and the hot stir of lust. Those made you forget. They made happiness a pink marshmallow.”
When he is triggered he has trouble controlling his anger. Killing is stress relief, an addiction he'll never kick. He also loves the thrill of taking calculated risks and outsmarting the police. The violence is kept in the background, the murders are described after the act. We know what the ending will be but it is still compelling. The film changes things up a lot and is a top notch noir starring Humphry Boggart. You can Eddie Muller's great intro to the movie on TCM Noir Alley on YouTube.
Dorothy B. Hughes gives a real feel of Hollywood at the time, I'd have no problem putting this in front of "The Postman always Calls Twice" as best noir novel I've ever read.
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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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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)813.54Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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