BEAST IN VIEW by Margaret Millar (Trade Paperback)

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BEAST IN VIEW by Margaret Millar (Trade Paperback)

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Hailed as one of the greatest psychological mysteries ever written and winner of the 1956 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best Novel, Beast in View remains as freshly sinister today as the day it was first published.  

Thirty-year-old Helen Clarvoe is scared and all alone. The heiress of a small fortune, she is resented by her mother and, to a lesser degree, her brother. The only person who seemingly cares for her is the family’s attorney, Paul Blackshear. A shut-in, Helen maintains her residence in an upscale hotel downtown. 

But passive-aggressive resentment isn’t the only thing hounding Helen Clarvoe. A string of bizarre and sometimes threatening prank phone calls has upended her spinster’s routine. Increasingly threatened, she turns to a reluctant Mr. Blackshear to get to the bottom of these strange calls. Blackshear is doubtful of their seriousness but he quickly realizes that he is in the midst of something far more sinister than he thought possible. As he unravels the mystery of the calls the identity behind them slowly emerges, predatory and treacherous.

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PRAISE FOR BEAST IN VIEW

Winner of the 1956 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best Novel
BookRiot 100 Must-Read Novels of Noir


“One of the most original and vital voices in all of American crime fiction.”
—Laura Lippman

"Millar's work was long overshadowed by that of her husband, detective novelist Ross Macdonald. In fact, her best novels — like 1955's Beast in View — have a ferocious edge that make him look rather tame."
—John Powers, NPR's Fresh Air

"Deeply creepy."
—Megan Abbott

"Stunningly original."
—Val McDermid

“Written with such complete realization of every character that the most bitter antagonist of mystery fiction may be forced to acknowledge it as a work of art. ”
—Anthony Boucher for The New York Times


PRAISE FOR MARGARET MILLAR

Mystery Writers of America Grand Master
 Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel
Los Angeles Times Woman of the Year


“One of the most original and vital voices in all of American crime fiction.”
—Laura Lippman
 

“I long ago changed my writing name to Ross Macdonald for obvious reasons.”
—Kenneth Millar (Ross Macdonald), in a letter to the Toronto Saturday Night newspaper

"One of the greatest this country has ever produced."
—The Globe and Mail

"[Millar] writes with care and devises clever plots, holding back plenty of surprises until she is ready to let the reader know... She exhibits a virtuoso talent for creating distinct identities for her characters, even if they  might have more than one identity." 
—The Buffalo News

"A writer whose own work is every bit as psychologically bruising and critically acclaimed as that of her husband [Ross Macdonald], if not as well known. But [Syndicate Books] hopes to rectify that with Collected Millar."
—Kevin Burton Smith, Mystery Scene Magazine

"Razor-sharp."
—The Seattle Times
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Margaret Millar (1915-1994) was born in Ontario, Canada and was educated at Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate Institute and the University of Toronto, majoring in classics. In 1938 she married Kenneth Millar (who wrote under the name Ross Macdonald). She published her first novel, The Invisible Worm, in 1941 and she worked as a screenwriter for Warner Brothers. She was active in the conservation movement in California in the 1960s and was named a Woman of the Year by the Los Angeles Times in 1965, and in 1982 she became a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America.

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