A Kiss Before Dying: Introduction by Chelsea Cain Paperback – 23 Jun 2011
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Incomparable excitement. (New York Times)
Nail-biting stuff. (Daily Mail)
Ira Levin's award-winning first novel reissued with a new introduction by Chelsea Cain.See all Product Description
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A well constructed story, very well told, and it thunders along so that even when you do find out whodunnit you will still be gripped.
And yet, while A Kiss Before Dying, by the late Ira Levin, has all the signature style and undeniable glamour of a somewhat noirish American thriller, not to mention a characteristically sensationalist plot, there's plenty to set it apart.
The story begins with an unnamed young man plotting the death of his fiancée, Dorothy Kingship - a pretty, rich, naive college student. Having planned to marry her to get his hands on some of her father's money, he's furious to learn that she's pregnant. This being somewhere around 1950, this seems likely to force them to marry immediately and incur the wrath of Dorothy's father, who will almost certainly disinherit her as a result, leaving the nameless protagonist poorer than ever and saddled with a wife and child he never wanted as well as ruining his master-plan. Consequently, when pills from a backstreet abortionist fail to work their magic, the only alternative, he feels, is murder.
It's chilling, tense and (like the much-maligned and underrated 1950s shocker, Peyton Place) remarkably evocative of its time and setting. And it's a decent enough thriller plot, of course. All pretty straightforward...
But then, Levin pulls a particularly clever trick. He switches the novel's point of view.Read more ›
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First published in 1953 by an author then aged 24, this book has all the ingredients for Stephen King, much later, to call him the Swiss Watchmaker among thriller writers: careful... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alfred J. Kwak
A classic story, brilliantly told with twists and turns galore. It will keep you guessing until the end.Published 7 months ago by Mrs. K. Brazier
I really enjoyed reading this Ira Levin novel. Having read many of Levin's other books I know that I like his style of writing. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Alexandra Goldie
This book had me by the jugular all the way through! Epic writing!Published 17 months ago by Fenouile