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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Prologue Books; Reprint edition (January 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440556083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440556081
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,491,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Vin Packer is a pseudonym of Marijane Meaker, an award-winning author of more than seventy novels and short stories. Twenty novels published between 1952 and 1969 bear Packer's name and trademark psychological mysteries. Her most popular novel, Spring Fire, was credited with launching the genre of lesbian pulp fiction.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vin Packer on August 18, 2012
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This is the story of a lesbian matricide in New Zealand, in the 1950's.
Threatened with separation, two teenagers decided to kill the mother
of one. Vin Packer wrote from the report of the trial, and of course
when this book was written no one knew that one of the girls
would grow up to be a famous writer. Years later a movie came out
called Heavenly Creatures based on this crime. In real life that
girl, after prison, become mystery novelist Anne Perry.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 19, 2012
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Mary Drew and Martha are teenage girls at a posh English school, both of them lonely, both of them fueled by vivid imaginations. When they meet, the connection is instantaneous and intense, and it isn't long before they develop a "significant relationship". The passion they have for each other eventually leads to ruin, and murder.

Vin Packer is the pen name of Marijane Meeker, one of the unsung heroes (heroines?) of the paperback original heyday of the '50's, and is credited with starting the so-called "lesbian pulp" movement of that era. These are books that explore in an honest way homosexual relationships, and they walk an interestingly fine line. THE EVIL FRIENDSHIP is a good example of Packer's approach to the genre-- the modern reader will feel sympathetic, I'm sure to Mary Drew and Martha, even as the other characters condemn them. And I'm equally sure that the mindset of readers in the '50's fell more in line with the other characters.

But Packer is very careful not to pass judgment on her protagonists, or any other character in the book for that matter. There's something almost sly about this; you get a sense that, deep down, Packer's own sympathies lay with Mary Drew and Martha, despite the horrible outcome of their "evil friendship".

This is a suspenseful story, and surprisingly touching.
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By Liu Bei USA on October 7, 2013
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Unreal characters make for an ultimately failed plot. Novel begins with murder trial and alternates between trial testimony in the "present" and narration of events in the "past". Ambitious novel, but it just doesn't work. Not worth reading.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AudreyA on June 3, 2012
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I thought this might be interesting. I read to the end but almost reluctantly as characters not at all likeable, emphasis on the Evil in the title, little to redeem them.
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Frost on June 3, 2012
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I just could not get into it. The dated atmosphere of a genteel British girls school with all the "crushes" and deep, soulful, longing gazes left me cold. Moreover, while the book started with the commission of the crime, it seemed to never really get going as the families were, to me anyway, uninteresting.As far as I got, which I admit was not very far, the only interesting part were the first few pages. So, not for me, but it may work for you if you like this sort of English mystery.
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