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EDITOR’S CHOICE

Even if Vera Caspary hadn’t written Laura, one of my favourite books and films, she would be an editor’s choice. Caspary’s novels have independent and spirited female protagonists who look for love but also are inevitably embroiled in mystery/suspense/murder.

Laura is often considered the first noir. It’s a superb book and was well adapted to film by Otto Preminger (with an early appearance by Vincent Price, cast as the weak-chinned lover).

 

RARE BOOKS: The Husband (Harper, 1957; HB)