A psychological thriller by a mistress of suspense at the top of her form and 1956 winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award.
What starts with a crank call from an old school chum sets the lonely, aloof, financially comfortable Miss Helen Clarvoe on a path as predictable only as madness. Lured from her rooms in a second-rate residential Hollywood hotel, she finds herself stranded in the more perilous terrain of extortion, pornography, vengeance, and ultimately murder.
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Margaret Millar (1915-1994) was born in Ontario, Canada and was educated at Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate Institute and the University of Toronto, majoring in Classics. In 1938 she married Kenneth Millar (who wrote under the name Ross Macdonald). She published her first novel, THE INVISIBLE WORM, in 1941 and she worked as a screenwriter for Warner Brothers. She was active in the conservation movement in California in the 1960s and was named a Woman of the Year by the LOS ANGELES TIMES in 1965, and in 1982 she became a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America.Review:
A wonderfully crepy and terrifying slice of noir * CATHOLIC HERALD * Superb ... Beast in View is cunningly plotted and has an ingenious final twist -- Simon Shaw * MAIL ON SUNDAY * Millar was the mast of the surprise ending (exemplified in Beast in View) -- Christopher Fowler * INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY *
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1993. Paper Back. Book Condition: Acceptable. Reading/use based wear. Paper Back. Bookseller Inventory # 129933