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 loves the dark and women in ...
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 loves the dark and women in equal measure, so he knows enough to watch his step, though when he meets the luscious Laurel Gray, something begins to crack. The American Dream is showing its seamy underside.
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This is a novel from another age. The age of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. Anyone that played the wonderful L.A. Noire video game from a couple of years ago will feel right at home here. This is the story of Dix Steele, WWII veteran and serial killer. Dorothy B. Hughes takes us inside the mind of Steele, giving us his every thought and urge. Steele is quite charming at times, but there is always that anger under the surface. Anger that he tries to hide from others and for the most part succeeds. A chilling novel in the way Hughes shows how easy it is for a monster like Steele to move among us, and how close to the edge he so often is. As a big fan of the hard-boiled noir genre, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and can't wait to find some more of Ms. Hughes' books.
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