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The Expendable Man by Dorothy B. Hughes
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Jul 03, 2012 | ISBN 9781590174951

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The Expendable Man is one of the great trick novels of crime fiction. Yet to call it that is to belittle it. Its trick is no clever, superimposed bit of literary legerdemain: it is integral to the whole conception of the book. . . . A fine achievement.” —H. R. F. Keating, Crime and Mystery: The 100 Best Books

“Hughes didn’t just pre-date Jim Thompson, she also pre-dated Patricia Highsmith, Ruth Rendell, and other so-called Masters of Psychological Suspense or Noir. And her writing style stands up to the test of time.”  —Sarah Weinman, Bookslut

“Puts Chandler to shame . . . Hughes is the master we keep turning to.”—Sara Paretsky, author of the V. I. Warshawski novels

“You are rocked back by Ms. Hughes some fifty pages into her story, and I can certify that the effect is truly rocking. You even read past the vital word, just one word in a sentence of swift
dialogue, before you realize what it has said, and what a new and different light it casts on everything you have read up to that moment.” —H. R. F Keating

“A mystery writer who. . . in America was regarded as one of the great names of detective fiction. . . . Her real talent lay in an ability to create atmospheres of growing apprehension and
fear, a very modern approach at a time when Agatha Christie was producing her comparatively predictable puzzles. . . . Her last, and some consider her best, work of fiction was The
Expendable Man.” —The Times (London)

“Let me say that it is Mrs. Hughes’ finest work . . . of unusual stature both as a suspense story and as a straight novel and nowise to be missed.” —Anthony Boucher, The New York Times
“The suspense twist makes this tale a stand-out.” —Saturday Review
“To read The Expendable Man today is to experience a mature work by a mistress of her craft.” Dominic Power
“A surprise-twist gasper about a young doc who picks up a sick chick and gets framed by a hack dick for her kill” —Time

“One of crime fiction’s finest writers of psychological suspense.” —Marcia Miller, author of the Sharon McCone novels
“This lady is the queen of noir. . .” —Laurie R. King, author of the Mary Russell novels
“Nobody but Dorothy Hughes can cast suspense into such an uncanny spell . . .” —San Francisco Chronicle
“A gun molling wordslinger who took it to the tough guys . . . I simply call Hughes one damn good story teller.” —John Hood, Bully Magazine

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