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In a Lonely Place (Femmes Fatales: Women Write Pulp) [Paperback]

Dorothy B. Hughes
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1 Nov 2003 Femmes Fatales: Women Write Pulp
Dix Steele is back in town, and 'town' is post-war LA. His best friend Brub is on the force of the LAPD, and as the two meet in country clubs and beach bars, they discuss the latest case: a strangler is preying on young women in the dark. Dix listens with interest as Brub describes their top suspect, as yet unnamed. Dix loves the dark and women in equal measure, so he knows enough to watch his step, though when he meets the luscious Laurel Gray, something begins to crack. The American Dream is showing its seamy underside.
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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: THE FEMINIST PRESS CUNY; 1st Feminist Press Ed edition (1 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558614559
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558614550
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,319,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dorothy B. Hughes (1904-93) was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and lived most of her life in New Mexico. A journalist and a poet, she began publishing hard-boiled crime novels in 1940, three of which were made into successful films: The Fallen Sparrow (1943), Ride the Pink Horse (1947) and In a Lonely Place (1950). In her later years, Hughes reviewed crime novels for the LA Times, the New York Herald Tribune and other papers. She was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars American hard-boiled crime 21 Oct 2010
By Officer Dibble VINE VOICE
Told in the first person by Dix Steele a sociopathic, misogynistic killer. This is pure American hard-boiled story writing. If you have read and enjoyed either 'The Killer Inside Me' or the Ripley novels by Patricia Highsmith, then this will be right up your street.

This may have had resonance amongst a traumatised post war American G.I. generation. Indeed, the question is never posed but would we today suggest that Dix's mental state was exacerbated by PTSD? After all his first victim, the adored 'Brucie', was killed in wartime not before.

Told in a short, factual reportage style. The tension is ratcheted by Dix's desire to take risks. The main risk being to ingratiate himself with an Army buddy who is now a police detective with the LAPD and who happens to be investigating the series of murders of young women.

Interesting to read a woman author's insight into a man's mind who regards all women as 'liars and whores'. This is not gore-fest but instead a compelling insight into a man trapped in a very lonely place indeed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dated 28 Aug 2013
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This novel revolves the antics of Dix Steele a serial killer who out of hubris rekindles a friendship with one of the Detectives who is investigating his murders. Whilst the novel was made into a movie of the same name, the movie bares very little resemblance to the novel.

Dorothy B. Hughes is one of the hardboiled authors of the classic period. Whilst this novel may not have the wit of Chandler or the plotting of Hammett, it does however fall into the category of a psychological thriller, the pace maybe somewhat slow for some readers, and the character of a serial killer may not be as believable as say in Jim Thompson's Killer inside me. However, it is intelligently written in an intuitive and introspective sense even though the climax is flagged well in advance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 4 Feb 2014
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Fascinating study of the mind of a murderer, told with brilliant use of suspense. Made into a film starring Humphrey Bogart directed by Nicholas Ray - the story has little relationship to the novel. Both are excellent in their own way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful 17 Nov 2013
Taut, tense thriller that has as many layers as the swirling mist with which the story opens. Beautifully written, this is a noir that's darker and more complex than the Bogart film version. A must read for all lovers of the genre.
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