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Collected Millar : Vanish in an Instant / Wives and Lovers / Beast in View / An Air That Kills / The
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Five acclaimed novels from the Golden Age of Margaret Millar including the Edgar Award-Winning Novel, Beast In ViewIn 1950s America the men are back to work and the women are home raising a new generation. The war is over and the boom is on. Everyone is happy. This is the myth, the veneer, to which Margaret Millar applies her scalpel. These five novels from the 1950s expose a vast rot, a disease of egoism, racial intolerance, and above all, sexism. But to confuse these novels with polemic would be a mistake and make none: these are among the most compulsively readable, please-leave-a-light-on, thrillers ever put to paper. In the classic noir tale of blurred guilt and flawed innocence, Vanish in an Instant (1952), a cynical lawyer uncovers the desperate lives of a group connected only by a gruesome murder. In Wives and Lovers (1954) we have one of Millar's few non-mystery works of fiction, and a sincere and compassionate novel about the complications of married life. Hailed as one of the greatest psychological mysteries ever written and winner of the 1956 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best Novel, Beast in View (1955), remains as freshly sinister today as the day it was first published. One Millar's most complexly plotted novels, An Air That Kills (1957), is a gripping novel of ordinary lives ripped apart by lust, deceit, adultery, conspiracy, and above all, greed. Meanwhile The Listening Walls (1959) is a suspenseful masterpiece about corrupted love involving a gone girl named Amy and her husband after he becomes the focus of a paranoid investigation following her disappearance in Mexico.