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The Expendable Man

by Dorothy B. Hughes Walter Mosley

"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 does the sight of a few redneck teenagers disconcert him? Why is he reluctant to pick up a disheveled girl hitchhiking along the desert highway? And why is he the first person the police suspect when she is found dead in Arizona a few days later?Dorothy B. Hughes ranks with Raymond Chandler and Patricia Highsmith as a master of mid-century noir. In books like In a Lonely Place and Ride the Pink Horse she exposed a seething discontent underneath the veneer of twentieth-century prosperity. With The Expendable Man, first published in 1963, Hughes upends the conventions of the wrong-man narrative to deliver a story that engages readers even as it implicates them in the greatest of all American crimes.

In A Lonely Place

by Dorothy B. Hughes

Dixon Steel is a serial killer who lures young women because he seems like an average, trustworthy guy. He soon finds himself matching wits with his best friend from the war, who is now a police detective. Brub suspects nothing at first, and Dix is welcom in his home and meets his wife, Sylvia. Then Dix becomes acquainted with a new neighbor, lovely would-be actress Laurel gray, and he's sure he's found the woman of his dreams. still, things seem to go wrong and slip out of his control as dix tries to foil the cops and hang on to his love. Will he find safety and happiness, or lose everything? This book is a suspenseful, well-crafted, and heartbreaking thriller. It inspired an excellent film starring Humphrey bogart and Gloria Graham. reading the thriller and then seeing the movie is fascinating, because many changes were made between one and the other.

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