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The So Blue Marble (1940)

by Dorothy B. Hughes

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It really does have the quality of a nightmare. The writing and social observation are so well done--Hughes, a Yale Young Poet in those days, obviously knew this turf well--you're swept up in all the calamity without worrying about some of the stranger twists and turns.
 
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For my mother,
CALLA HALEY FLANAGAN,
who will not read mysteries,
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FRANK SYLVESTER FLANAGAN,
who first introduced me to them.
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Her dress was black, and her coat, with its black fox collar, but at night no one would know the fox was real.
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An actress finds herself caught between her ex-husband and a pair of murderous twins At the age of twenty-four, Griselda Satterlee has already lived two lifetimes. A star of the silver screen, she gives up Hollywood after a year, and moves to New York to become a designer. While her ex-husband, Con, is out of town, she is staying in his apartment. Walking back one night, she meets two cheerful young men who want to go home with her-and won't take no for an answer. David and Danny are twins, and they are the most beautiful men Griselda has ever seen. They are also the most dangerous. They want something from her: a lustrous blue marble, which they insist is in Con's apartment. Though they leave without hurting her, Griselda knows that next time, they won't be so amiable. To save herself, she must discover the secret of the marble-a secret with death at its core.… (more)

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