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  • My favourite crime writer. Full stop

    Sara Weinman, Los Angeles Review of Books
  • Dorothy B. Hughes is the unsung godmother of every feisty female investigator who has hit the streets in the last twenty-five years

    Val McDermind
  • If you wake up in the night screaming with terror, don't say we didn't warn you.

    New York Times Book Review
  • Dorothy B. Hughes was in a class of her own. To be a female author of hard-boiled fiction back in the 1940s was unusual enough, but to write a first-person narrative from the viewpoint of a male serial killer was breaking new ground by anybody's standards. She marked out this territory years before most other writers even knew it existed.

    Max Decharne, author of Hardboiled Hollywood: The Origins of Great Crime Films
  • An excellent novel

    David Thomson, Have You Seen...?
  • A tour de force . . . The structure is flawless, and the scenes of postwar L.A. have an immediacy that puts Chandler to shame. No wonder Hughes is the master we keep turning to.

    Sara Paretsky

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