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Download ò In a Lonely Place 108 Ù Dix Steele is back in town and 'town' is post war LA His best friend Brub is on the force of the LAPD and as the two meet in country clubs and beach bars they discuss the latest case a strangler is preying on young women in the dark Dix listens with interest as Brub describes their top suspect as yet unnamed Dix lDix Steele is back in town and 'town' is post war LA His best friend Brub is on the force of the LAPD and as the two meet in country clubs and beach bars they discuss the. If you were a single gal living in post war Los Angeles you’d probably find Dix Steele absolutely dreamy After all he’s a big handsome fella who dresses well and likes to dine out in swell places He was a fighter pilot in the war and now he’s working on writing a mystery novel so he’s certainly leading a colorful and interesting life Just one problem About once a month he feels a compulsion to strangle a strange woman to deathOh well Nobody’s perfect rightWe spend the entire book in Dix’s head starting with him on the prowl for his next victim on a foggy night in the hills and then he visits his old war buddy Brub Dix is such a cool customer that he doesn’t flinch when he learns that Brub is one of the police detectives working on the strangler murders but Brub’s wife Sylvia seems a bit cool to him As we follow Dix through this daily life we learn that he’s a man filled with anger and resentments as well as wild mood swings that intensify when he starts dating a beautiful neighbor ladyI was only dimly aware of Dorothy B Hughes until the recent re release of this novel made a bunch of the crime writers I follow on social media start gushing about the book and film loosely based on it That caught my attention and I can see why they were excited about it The main thing about it is that it seems way ahead of it’s a time in its depiction of the mindset of a serial killer Coincidentally it also made a good companion piece to be reading while in the middle of watching Netflix’s new series Mindhunter and Dix seems to exactly fit the pattern of a certain type of woman hating killer And Dorothy Hughes was creating this character long before the psychology and terminology referring to them would become mainstream thanks to serial killers becoming a profitable true crime industry as well as a staple of thrillers in print and on screenOverall it was a solid piece of work that I would have rated as a strong 3 stars but then I read the afterword by Megan Abbott which made me think even highly of it Mighty Megan makes a lot of great points about how Hughes had tapped in a strain of misogyny that the genre often used and that she then cleverly subverts it in places in ways that crime fiction hadn’t seen That hadn’t occurred to me while reading and it made me realize that there was another layer to the book that I hadn’t uite wrapped my arms around so I bumped it up to 4 stars

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In a Lonely PlaceLatest case a strangler is preying on young women in the dark Dix listens with interest as Brub describes their top suspect as yet unnamed Dix loves the dark and women in. This novel from Dorothy Hughes a portrait of a sociopath in post WWII Los Angeles was very loosely adapted in to the under appreciated noir classic movie directed by Nicholas Ray and starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria GrahameNotice my use of the word loosely If you've only ever seen the movie then you only have a vague idea of what this novel is about and probably even less idea of what happensThis is the story of Dickson Steele heir to a fortune who was forced to work his way through Princeton in the manner of his rich uncle former Air Force pilot who found himself rootless and aimless in the aftermath of war new in LA and in a very lonely place It's also the story of a serial killer a strangler and rapist who once a month seemingly finds themselves unable to resist the lure of leaving another dead body in their wake Told from the perspective of Dix as he interacts with a bevy of beauties and his fly buddy Brub now a detective in Beverly Hills and slowly falls apart as bodies are found General suspicion of Dix Steele aside this novel couldn't really get much further from the movie something I was expecting but preparedness doesn't always temper disappointmentA note on the movie first It's a uniue piece of noir cinema in my opinion not least because of the fascinating and complex performance from Humphrey Bogart as a possibly innocent man suspected of murder by all those people closest to him a theme that was revisited to brilliant effect by the Danish film maker Thomas Vinterberg in the new film The Hunt but largely thanks to the direction of Nicholas Ray as he changes the perspective from that of Dix to that of his accusers part way through Very suddenly you realise you no longer have any sympathy for the man you fear him and fear for his friends and family and the way Ray achieves this is remarkable It was this point that got me really interested in how Dorothy Hughes had originally written it I expected dark I expected a different ending although the Hollywood ending is pretty dark right up there with The Killing as far as noir slaps in the face go but I didn't expect something that clearly influenced Patricia Highsmith and in particular her famous Tom RipleyThere really is a strong touch of the Ripley about Dix Steele too He's a good looking charmer from the wrong side of the tracks; a guy who doesn't think he should have to work someone who wants than they can legally get their hands on and who seems like they'd be willing to go beyond what is socially acceptable to obtain it His life is one big facade and it takes its toll on his clearly already fragile state of mind Hughes doesn't fill her narrative with gory details or violence or omnipotent narration by utilising the first person voice of Dix as her narrator she leaves plenty of room for doubt in the reader Even having finished the book I still cannot tell you if the murders are solved by the novels conclusion It's all very impressive but a trick that may lead to boredom in some readersPersonally I can fully appreciate the uality of this work but at the same time I failed to engage with the text; I would have liked exploration of Steele's psyche perhaps maybe a little less ambivalence I might even suggest that it's all a bit too cold and clinical Last year I read The Blackbirder from the same author which I thoroughly enjoyed but looking back I think I might have made the same complaint of that one if it hadn't been for the strong sense of place and paranoia that was evoked All that aside Dorothy Hughes is certainly a noir writer worth investigating