By Ira Levin
A sleek vintage, this novel set a brand new common within the paintings of poser and suspense in its exploration of the legal mind.
A Kiss sooner than Dying not just debuted the expertise of best-selling novelist Ira Levin to rave reports and an Edgar Award, it additionally set a brand new average within the paintings of mental suspense. It tells the surprising story of a tender guy who will cease at nothing—not even murder—to get the place he desires to move. For he has desires; plans. He additionally has appeal, attractiveness, intelligence. And he has an issue. Her identify is Dorothy; she loves him, and she's pregnant. the answer could call for determined measures. yet, then, he seems like the type of man who may well escape with murder.
First released 1953
“The ebook is a succession of particularly valid surprises, the suspense is admirably sustained, the element is thorough and convincing, and the writing is significantly above the extent frequently linked to fictional crime and fervour. A excitement to recommend.”
- the hot Yorker
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She replaced the phone and turned to see Simon in the doorway, a leash in one hand and a small head collar in the other. ” “Hmm. Oh, Hugh Cauldwell—he and his parents are here for a few days’ vacation in the state park. He wandered out of the house and into the forest this morning while they were sleeping. ” “No. ” “Because it’s Orcas. Anyway, he’s fine. ” “No. ” Simon gestured toward the three dogs, currently sprawled on the kitchen floor like corpses. ” “That’s right. Trained and certified.
I’ve got some extra leashes and collars, and you need some treats. ” She veered off the kitchen to the utility room, where collars and leashes and brushes hung neatly according to type and size, and various toys and treats sat organized on shelves. It made him think of a small pet boutique. She gave Jaws another glance as he squirmed in Simon’s arms and tried to gnaw on his master’s hand. ” She turned to the pup and, using her forefinger and thumb, gently closed his mouth. ” And keeping her eyes on the dog’s, she reached behind her, took a rawhide chew toy shaped like a bone.
She saw the pup through the window now. A Lab-retriever mix, she judged—and currently very busy. ” He spun around. ” As he made the dash, Fiona signaled her newly alerted dogs to stay and sauntered after him. The best way to get a gauge on the man, the dog and their current dynamic was to watch how he handled the situation. ” He wrenched open the door. ” The puppy, obviously unafraid, unrepentant, leaped into the man’s arms and slathered his face with eager kisses. “Cut it out. ” He held the puppy out at arm’s length, where it wagged and wriggled and yipped in delight.