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The so blue marble #1 / Dorothy B. Hughes ; Introduction by Otto Penzler.

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  • ISBN: 1613161115
  • ISBN: 9781613161111
  • ISBN: 9781613161050
  • ISBN: 1613161050
  • Physical Description: iv, 194 pages ; 21 cm.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Penzler Publishers, [2018]

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Summary, etc.: "The society pages announce it before she even arrives: Griselda Satterlee, daughter of the princess of Rome, has left her career as an actress behind and is traveling to Manhattan to reinvent herself as a fashion designer. They also announce the return of the dashing Montefierrow twins to New York after a twelve-year sojourn in Europe. But there is more to this story than what's reported, which becomes clear when the three meet one evening during a walk, and their polite conversation quickly takes a menacing turn. The twins are seeking a rare and powerful gem and they believe it's stashed in the unused apartment where Griselda is staying. Baffled by the request, she pushes them away, but they won't take no for an answer. When they return, accompanied by Griselda's long-estranged younger sister, the murders begin... Drenched in the glamour and luxury of the New York elite, The So Blue Marble is a perfectly Art Deco suspense novel in which nothing is quite as it seems. While different in style from her later books, Dorothy B. Hughes's debut highlights her greatest strengths as an author, rendered with both the poetic language and the psychology of fear for which she is known today." -- Amazon.
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  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 October #1
    Hughes wrote 14 mysteries between 1940 and 1963, three of which were made into successful films, most notably In a Lonely Place (1950). The So Blue Marble, an engaging noir, was her debut novel and established her expertise in the psychology of fear. One evening, when Griselda Satterlee is out walking, she has an unsettling encounter with an oddly mismatched pair of twins who force their way into her apartment to retrieve a rare and powerful gem they believe to be hidden there. Their menacing behavior accelerates when they team up with Griselda's estranged sister, and bodies accumulate as it becomes apparent that the twins will stop at nothing to find the gem. In rich contrast to the noir tone, the novel is set among high society in dazzling art-deco Manhattan (evoking Vera Caspary's Laura, 1942) and even the police are well heeled, with Princeton-educated homicide detective Toby Tobin assigned to a case that proves baffling, disturbing, improbable, and, at times, downright bizarre. A Hughes revival would be most welcome. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Marbles (Game objects) > Fiction.
Twins > Fiction.
Treasure troves > Fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Murder > Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) > Fiction.
Detective and mystery stories.
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Traditional.
Genre: Detective and mystery fiction.
Novels.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Novels.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Mystery fiction.
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