By Dorothy B. Hughes
Los Angeles within the past due Nineteen Forties is a urban of promise and prosperity, yet no longer for former fighter pilot Dix Steele. To his brain not anything has come as regards to matching “that feeling of strength and pleasure and freedom that got here with loneness within the sky.” He prowls the foggy urban night—bus stops and stretches of darkened seashores and picture homes simply emptying out—seeking solitary younger women. His money are working out and his frustrations are turning out to be. the place is the great existence he was once promised? Why does he continuously get a uncooked deal? Then he hooks up together with his previous Air Corps blood brother Brub, now operating for the LAPD, who simply occurs to be at the path of the strangler who’s been terrorizing the ladies of town for months...
Written with managed beauty, Dorothy B. Hughes’s stressful novel is right now an early indictment of a very poisonous masculinity and a twisty page-turner with a shockingly feminist solution. A vintage of golden age noir, In a Lonely Place additionally encouraged Nicholas Ray’s 1950 movie of an identical identify, starring Humphrey Bogart.
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