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“It’s something of an axiom that good novels make bad movies.  But one of my favorite exceptions is In a Lonely Place….the novel is more groundbreaking than the film and that Hughes, who died in 1993, belongs in the crime-writing pantheon with male icons like Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler….In a Lonely Place is a gripping story, but Hughes was too talented, ambitious, and grounded to play it merely for suspense….as Megan Abbott points out in her splendidly perceptive afterword, Hughes takes the gender clichés of noir and turns them on their head.” —John Powers, NPR

In a Lonely Place blasted my mind open to new ways of reading.” —Sarah Weinman, Los Angeles Review of Books

“To try and re-create the thrill of World War II combat, Dix Steele takes to wandering the streets of Los Angeles at night—and committing serial murder. Hughes wastes little time hiding her killer’s identity, instead building a gripping noir in anticipation of his inevitable capture.” —Elise Hannum, The Atlantic The Great American Novels of the Past 100 Years 

“Crime was never Hughes’s interest, evil was, and to be evil, for her, is to be intolerant of others…With her poetic powers of description, she makes that evil a sickness in the mind and a landscape to be surveyed.” —Christine Smallwood, The New Yorker’s Page-Turner Blog

“A tour de force laying open the mind and motives of a killer with extraordinary empathy. The structure is flawless, and the scenes of postwar LA have an immediacy that puts Chandler to shame. No wonder Hughes is the master we keep turning to.”
—Sara Paretsky

“If you wake up in the middle of the night screaming with terror, don’t say we didn’t warn you.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Bringing …[Dorothy B. Hughes] back is no act of nostalgia. It is a gateway through which we might access her particular view of that road between our glittering versions of American life and the darker reality that waits at the end of the ride.” —Walter Mosley
“This lady is the queen of noir, and In a Lonely Place is her crown.”—Laurie R. King, author of the Mary Russell novels
“A superb novel by one of crime fiction’s finest writers of psychological suspense. What a pleasure it is to see this tale in print once again!”—Marcia Muller, author of the Sharon McCone novels

“Lock your doors and windows before you start reading Dorothy B. Hughes superbly written In a Lonely Place, then prepare to lose some sleep. This spine-tingling classics rings chillingly true.” —Jan Burke, author of the Irene Kelly series

“Dorothy B. Hughes was such a mistress of dark suspense that I always had to read the end of her books first to keep from biting off all my fingernails.” —Margaret Maron, author of Three-Day Town

“In my rookie days Dorothy B. Hughes was the writer I most wanted to emulate. To me she had the sense of place and the narrative drive of Eric Ambler-tautened by a woman’s edginess. To me she still imparts that delightful quiver.” —Dorothy Salisbury Davis, author of In the Still of the Night

“Dorothy B. Hughes was in a class of her own. To be a female writer of hard-boiled fiction back in the 1940s was unusual enough, but to write a first-person narrative form the viewpoint of a male serial killer was breaking new ground by anybody’s standards.” —Max Déecharné author of Hardboiled Hollywood: The Origins of Great Crime Films

“In Hughes’s novel, however, there is not a drop of romanticism, not a touch of fantasy. It is a dark, cold gem of a book, a gem without a flicker of heat or light. One that cuts to the touch.” —Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me and The Fever

“Hughes was a wonderful writer. There is nothing overdone with her dialog and descriptions. Dix moving through the night, stalking his victims, is suspenseful and chilling but written quietly and creating an atmosphere that makes the reader feel the night and fog about them as they read.” —Mack Captures Crime blog

“Dorothy B. Hughes writes literary hardboiled noir taking on and matching Chandler, Hammett, Cain and Thompson at their game.” —Rob Kitchlin, author of The White Gallows

“A fascinating example of a genre novel where the author is doing what she needs to do to be a part of the genre while totally turning genre tropes upside down. . . [In a Lonely Place] is a refusal to turn [characters] into classic femme fatales. . . Exhilarating.” —Backlisted Podcast

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