A Kiss Before Dying

A Kiss Before Dying

Book - 1989 | Franklin Library ed. --
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Publisher: Franklin Center, Pa. : Franklin Library, c1989
Edition: Franklin Library ed. --
Characteristics: 255 p. : col. ill
Additional Contributors: Kelley, Gary

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kiml00
Apr 18, 2020

This book is so creepy but so good. The story is about a guy who wants to marry into money and will stop at nothing to achieve his goal. The way the story unfold is brilliant and it keeps you guessing. I did not see the twist because the author made me focused on something then revealed a total different result. This was written in the 1950s before all the popular twisting tales we have today so such a master piece of work. I can imagine the readers being terrified reading this back when it was published. Highly recommended if you’re into crime thriller.

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LisaLou4405
Jan 06, 2020

This was recommended to me by various lists of "books to read before you die" and they were not wrong. Had me guessing and finding out I was wrong...should be used as an example in a master class for mystery writers.

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Suellen1111
May 22, 2019

Written in 1953, this book has aged well: beer costs a dollar and ladies wear hats and gloves but the dialogue sparkles as though written yesterday and the motivations remain timeless. As Otto Penzler says in the Introduction, Levin offers a "superior illustration of the mechanics that can make a mystery so absorbing". I really liked the handsome young man & the pretty young woman, was totally shocked to find out that he was a psychopathic killer; the twists & turns kept me reading into the night, turning back the pages to see if I had missed clues. Super! Right to the end! Hitchcock-ian in its plundering of "the everyday gone wrong." Similar in tone to Patricia Highsmith's Strangers on a Train.

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dagny49
Mar 02, 2019

Recommended by author of The Kind Worth Killing

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candlesticktroughs
Dec 26, 2018

if you are unfamiliar with mr. levin, he wrote THE STEPFORD WIVES, which received a decent treatment in the first film made from it, but was eviscerated in the more recent film which featured nicole kidman and appeared to have been scripted in a series of many 'night befores.'

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abcDena
Mar 15, 2016

I love the 1991 movie based on this book, which is a remake of the old Robert Wagner original, but the novel is even better. Ira Levin has a very simple, clear writing style, but builds very memorable scenes and characters.

If you're not familiar with Ira Levin, he also authored the novel Rosemary's Baby (which was adapted by Polanski to make the film version you probably know of). Great writer, give him a try.

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BucketsOfCool
Aug 02, 2012

One of the best mysteries I have ever read. It was a definite page-turner all the way to the end!

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goganbunch
Mar 21, 2012

This was a good book. It had a very clever idea for a who-done-it that could only be done in a book to be affective(i.e. the use of pronouns instead of the characters name) I found myself hoping the bad guy got away with it for some reason. Clever writing but a little boring on his prose.

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kstiles
Sep 08, 2011

If you like a good mystery, you'll love this book! Halfway through, you'll come to this realization that will have you flipping back through the book to see what you've missed. It's quite a unique plot device.

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