In a Lonely Place

In a Lonely Place

Author: Dorothy B. Hughes

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 9781681371481

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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A classic California noir with a feminist twist, this prescient 1947 novel exposed misogyny in post-World War II American society, making it far ahead of its time. Los Angeles in the late 1940s is a city of promise and prosperity, but not for former fighter pilot Dix Steele. To his mind nothing has come close to matching “that feeling of power and exhilaration and freedom that came with loneness in the sky.” He prowls the foggy city night—­bus stops and stretches of darkened beaches and movie houses just emptying out—seeking solitary young women. His funds are running out and his frustrations are growing. Where is the good life he was promised? Why does he always get a raw deal? Then he hooks up with his old Air Corps buddy Brub, now working for the LAPD, who just happens to be on the trail of the strangler who’s been terrorizing the women of the city for months... Written with controlled elegance, Dorothy B. Hughes’s tense novel is at once an early indictment of a truly toxic masculinity and a twisty page-turner with a surprisingly feminist resolution. A classic of golden age noir, In a Lonely Place also inspired Nicholas Ray’s 1950 film of the same name, starring Humphrey Bogart.
In a Lonely Place
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Dorothy B. Hughes
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-08-15 - Publisher: New York Review of Books

A classic California noir with a feminist twist, this prescient 1947 novel exposed misogyny in post-World War II American society, making it far ahead of its time. Los Angeles in the late 1940s is a city of promise and prosperity, but not for former fighter pilot Dix Steele. To his
The Expendable Man
Language: en
Pages: 264
Authors: Dorothy B. Hughes
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-07-03 - Publisher: New York Review of Books

“It was surprising what old experiences remembered could do to a presumably educated, civilized man.” And Hugh Denismore, a young doctor driving his mother’s Cadillac from Los Angeles to Phoenix, is eminently educated and civilized. He is privileged, would seem to have the world at his feet, even. Then why
The Blackbirder
Language: en
Pages: 239
Authors: Dorothy B. Hughes
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-06-16 - Publisher: Open Road Media

A suspenseful World War II–era novel from “the world’s finest female noir writer . . . [featuring] a resourceful spy heroine” (Sarah Weinman, Los Angeles Review of Books). Julie Guilles has escaped to New York from Nazi-occupied France. But that doesn’t mean she’s safe. The German invasion put an end
Dread Journey
Language: en
Pages: 240
Authors: Dorothy B. Hughes
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-04-14 - Publisher: Hachette UK

One-way ticket to death . . .? In the four years since she arrived in Los Angeles, Kitten Agnew has become a star. Not all by herself, of course; though beautiful and talented, Kitten would be lost without her director, the acclaimed and powerful Vivien Spender. But Spender is a
Ride the Pink Horse
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Dorothy B. Hughes
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-03-02 - Publisher: American Mystery Classics

Three desperate men converge in the midst of an annual carnival in Santa Fe