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Dorothy B. Hughes isn't interested in your run-of-the-mill noir gumshoe who goes around LA or San Francisco solving murders and attracting "dames". No, Hughes is more interested in the psychology of her characters and the motivations that force people to do what they do. In A Lonely Place is not a novel about a Marlowe-like detective on the tails of a killer. What it is instead is a novel about the killer, his motives, and his history that led him to commit violence against his victims, most of whom are women. Beyond being a noir novel, In A Lonely Place is an exploration of postwar anxiety in 1940s LA and of the misogyny that deems women as fodder for the egos of men.

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By Dorothy B. Hughes, Megan Abbott (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781681371474
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Published: NYRB Classics - August 15th, 2017

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Caren is the manager of the Belle Vie plantation in Louisiana when a woman’s dead body is found at her place of work. While trying to figure out who killed this woman, Caren finds out more about the plantation that binds her and her family to the land.  As you are drawn into the scenery and to the interesting lives of the characters in this mystery, the reader will wonder, is this the only murder to happen at Belle Vie or is there more to it?

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ISBN: 9780061802065
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Published: Amistad - September 17th, 2013

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Rabbi David Cohen has some problems. His face is caving in due to bad jaw surgery. He hasn’t spoken to his wife or son in years. Also, he killed someone he shouldn’t have. I should really mention that he’s not a normal rabbi. He’s a hit man in disguise. Still, he’s good at what he does. He knows how to guide preteens to Bar Mitzvah manhood, counsel troubled members of his congregation, and shut down Kabbalah frauds—and maybe shake them down while he’s at it. Sound like the best premise for a novel you’ve ever heard? Well, it is. Gangster Nation is a delight. A mitzvah, even. The plot’s got every twist and turn you could want, the jokes are Woody Allen good, and the writing (if you can slow yourself down to admire it) is beautiful. I couldn’t recommend this book more. 
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ISBN: 9781619027237
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 12th, 2017