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Dorothy B. Hughes was an acclaimed crime novelist and literary critic, her style falling into the hard-boiled and noir genres of mystery writing. Born in Kansas City, she studied journalism at the University of Missouri, and her initial literary output consisted of collections of poetry. Hughes' first mystery novel, The So Blue Marble, was published in 1940 and was hailed as the arrival of a great new talent in the field. Her writing proved to be both critically and commercially successful, and three of her novels - The Fallen Sparrow, Ride the Pink Horse and In a Lonely Place - were made into major films. Hughes' taught, suspenseful detective novels are reminiscent of the work of Elisabeth Sanxay Holding and fellow The Murder Room author Margaret Millar. In 1951, Hughes was awarded an Edgar award for Outstanding Mystery Criticism and, in 1978, she received the Grand Master award from the Mystery Writers of America. She died in Oregon in 1993. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Library Binding: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (1941)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006AP7EI
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,217,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By SR Cragin on December 18, 2013
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Dorothy Hughes wrote some GREAT noir mysteries: Ride the Pink Horse, The So Blue Marble, The Fallen Sparrow, In A Lonely Place, a couple more I can't remember, many made into great movies with the stars of the day.
This little-reissued book is not one of her best.
And the proofreading and book formatting are terrible. Amazon should check more of the stuff that gets "self-published" as an e-book.
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By Cynthia on September 21, 2012
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I enjoy hardboiled fiction. Always have. But this book, although its wartime California setting is interesting, definitely creaks with age. I sympathize with the put upon bride (second time with the same heel) but I don't want to spend a whole book with her. Or her bridegroom. Then, too, no body bothered with even minimal line editing so the typos and very odd space breaks are off-putting.
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By pitbullpatti on May 26, 2012
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The story line is weak and rambling; the ending no surprise. This was a big disappointment as Dorothy Hughes is overall an awesome writer and a forerunner of mystery/detective stories with strong characters. Not bad for a beach read but not one of my favorites.
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By Michelle T.W on February 20, 2013
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Dorothy Hughes is one of the best authors that is able to perfectly recreate the atmosphere of an era that is long gone. She is one of my all time favorite authors ( Ride the Pink Horse #1) and this book does not disappoint!
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