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Women Crime Writers : Four Suspense Novels of the 1940s: Laura / The Horizontal Man / In a Lonely Place

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The Library of America and editor Sarah Weinman redefine the classic era of American crime fiction with a landmark collection of four brilliant novels by the female pioneers of the genre, the women who paved the way for Gillian Flynn, Tana French, and Lisa Scottoline. Though women crime and suspense writers dominate today’s bestseller lists, the extraordinary work of the mid-century pioneers of the genre is largely unknown. Turning in many cases from the mean streets of the hardboiled school to explore the anxieties and terrors lurking in everyday life, these groundbreaking novelists found the roots of fear and violence in a quiet suburban neighborhood, on a college campus, or in a comfortable midtown hotel. Their work, influential in its day and still vibrant and extraordinarily riveting today, is long overdue for rediscovery. This volume, the first of a two-volume collector’s set, gathers four classic works that together reveal the vital and unacknowledged lineage to today’s leading crime writers. From the 1940s here are Vera Caspary’s famous career girl mystery Laura, Helen Eustis’s intricate academic thrillerThe Horizontal Man, Dorothy B. Hughes’s In a Lonely Place, the terrifyingly intimate portrait of a serial killer, and Elizabeth Sanxay Holding’sThe Blank Wall, in which a wife in wartime is forced to take extreme measures when her family is threatened.
The Library of America and editor Sarah Weinman redefine the classic era of American crime fiction with a landmark collection of four brilliant novels by the female pioneers of the genre, the women who paved the way for Gillian Flynn, Tana French, and Lisa Scottoline.
Though women crime and suspense writers dominate today?s bestseller lists, the extraordinary work of the mid-century pioneers of the genre is largely unknown. Turning in many cases from the mean streets of the hardboiled school to explore the anxieties and terrors lurking in everyday life, these groundbreaking novelists found the roots of fear and violence in a quiet suburban neighborhood, on a college campus, or in a comfortable midtown hotel. Their work, influential in its day and still vibrant and extraordinarily riveting today, is long overdue for rediscovery. This volume, the first of a two-volume collector?s set, gathers four classic works that together reveal the vital and unacknowledged lineage to today?s leading crime writers. From the 1940s here are Vera Caspary?s famous career girl mystery Laura, Helen Eustis?s intricate academic thrillerThe Horizontal Man, Dorothy B. Hughes?s In a Lonely Place, the terrifyingly intimate portrait of a serial killer, and Elizabeth Sanxay Holding?sThe Blank Wall, in which a wife in wartime is forced to take extreme measures when her family is threatened.
Number of Pages: 767
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Series Title: Library of America
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Author: Vera Caspary & Helen Eustis & Dorothy B. Hughes & Elisabeth Sanxay Holding
Language: English
Street Date: September 1, 2015
TCIN: 18772710
UPC: 9781598534306
Item Number (DPCI): 247-47-7063
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