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In a Lonely Place (Femmes Fatales) (1947 original; edició 2003)

de Dorothy B. Hughes (Autor), Paula Rabinowitz (Epíleg)

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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.… (més)
Membre:kjohnson85
Títol:In a Lonely Place (Femmes Fatales)
Autors:Dorothy B. Hughes (Autor)
Altres autors:Paula Rabinowitz (Epíleg)
Informació:The Feminist Press at CUNY (2003), Edition: 1, 250 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
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Etiquetes:No n'hi ha cap

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    The Killer Inside Me de Jim Thompson (christiguc)
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    Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense de Sarah Weinman (sturlington)
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    This Sweet Sickness de Patricia Highsmith (mambo_taxi)
    mambo_taxi: This Sweet Sickness is a good one to pick up if you enjoyed the fact that In a Lonely Place follows the activities of the killer/sociopath...and not just any sociopath, but a sociopath who by all appearance gets along well with others, has a pathological eye for detail, and is characterized by an obsessive nature.… (més)
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A 'classic' LA noir story written from the point of view of a serial killer. First published in 1947, this compact novel, written from the point on view of the killer, reveals his twisted, misogynistic thinking. Without spoiling the plot, I just have to say that the characters who bring about the tale's resolution are an unusual type for this 'breed' of book. ( )
  booksinbed | Dec 27, 2020 |
I did not seek out this novel to read but rather received it as the November selection as per the Bas Bleu Mysteries Book-A-Month 2020 package. I enjoyed the novel but I didn't realize all of its distinction until reading the "Afterword" authored by Megan Abbott. Ms. Abbott's own background is impressive not only as an author of novels, a study of hard-boiled fiction and film noir, and an editor of a female crime anthology, with a Ph.D. in literature from NY University. With Ms. Abbott's advisement I came to understand the contribution to literature by Dorothy B. Hughes as groundbreaking and also how it relates to the time period in our history following WWII.

The novel was made into the classic film noir under the same title starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame in 1950 but the film differs from the novel.

"For example, in the film, despite being a violent man with a hot temper, Steele is innocent of the murders he's suspected of committing, and is sincere in his desire to be a successful screenwriter; in the novel, he is a sociopath who claims to be a crime novel writer in order to sponge off of relatives." [~Quote from Wikipedia]

For more information about Dorothy B. Hughes, I found this interesting article at https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/on-the-worlds-finest-female-noir-writer-doro... ( )
  FerneMysteryReader | Dec 4, 2020 |
A masterpiece ( )
  ThomasPluck | Apr 27, 2020 |
Took me several pages to really feel invested in this story, but once I was I was hooked into the ever growing claustrophobia and menace of Dix Steele's world. Imagine a slightly more gentile version of Jim Thompson's "Killer Inside Me" years before that book or style of writing would exist. What's not described and only eluded to forms the horror of the story, but Steele's growing uncertainty and paranoia, along with the authors thoughts on the dangers of masculinity during and after the war form the meat and backbone. ( )
  23Goatboy23 | Jan 17, 2020 |
Great book ! Set in LA 1947. A true crime mystery and possibly by favorite by Dorothey Hughes. ( )
  loraineo | Aug 10, 2019 |
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It's in a lonesome place you do have to be talking with someone, and looking for someone, in the evening of the day.
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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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