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The Fiend (Ipl Library of Crime Classics) Paperback – April, 1984

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Product Details

  • Series: Ipl Library of Crime Classics
  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: International Polygonics (April 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0930330102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0930330101
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,683,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is by far my favorite book by Margaret Millar, the Master of mystery writing. In The Fiend, a mystery with a twist, Millar treads a subject matter never discussed lightly and probably never handled so well by another mystery author -- pedophilia. Be brave! Despite your fear and revulsion you'll be rewarded for your courage.
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Format: Hardcover
If you like mysteries with deep psychological insight and well drawn out characters, then Margaret Millar is the writer you should turn to. Her husband Ross McDonald earned a big name for himself in the 1950s and 60s but Margaret Millar was the truly gifted writer in the family. The fiend is one of her better books. It is an in-depth examination of aberrant psychology but rather than leaving you with a feeling of disgust and repugnance, it evokes compassion and understanding about the circumstances and motivations that provoke people to behave in certain ways.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a masterpiece of psychological suspense by one of the great mystery/suspense writers of all time, one who deserves a much wider modern readership than she probably has. The late Ms. Millar, in THE FIEND, has written one of the most subtly suspenseful novels I've ever read. There's nothing tawdry or in-your-face about the presentation; it's all relatively low-key and realistic. But it will keep you turning the pages as much as any non-stop, action-packed novel would. If you like stories about three-dimensional characters and their tribulations, don't miss this one.
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