A Kiss Before Dying
A Kiss Before Dying not only debuted the talent of best-selling novelist Ira Levin to rave reviews, it also set a new standard in the art of mystery and suspense. Now a modern classic, as gripping in its tautly plotted action as it is penetrating in its exploration of a criminal mind, it tells... show more
A Kiss Before Dying not only debuted the talent of best-selling novelist Ira Levin to rave reviews, it also set a new standard in the art of mystery and suspense. Now a modern classic, as gripping in its tautly plotted action as it is penetrating in its exploration of a criminal mind, it tells the shocking tale of a young man who will stop at nothing—not even murder—to get where he wants to go. For he has dreams; plans. He also has charm, good looks, sex appeal, intelligence. And he has a problem. Her name is Dorothy; she loves him, and she's pregnant. The solution may demand desperate measures. But, then, he looks like the kind of guy who could get away with murder. Compellingly, step by determined step, the novel follows this young man in his execution of one plan he had neither dreamed nor foreseen. Nor does he foresee how inexorably he will be enmeshed in the consequences of his own extreme deed.
Publish date: 2003-03-31
Publisher: Carrroll and Graf
Pages no: 242
Edition language: English
This book is a debut novel by Ira Levin, written in the 1950s. It definitely has that 50's sounding tone, the way things are written and worded, and definitely people's attitudes. If I read this book with my modern perspective, there are quite a few things that I don't like. There is definitely o...
The first third (plus a few pages) of Ira Levin's A Kiss Before Dying is among the best suspense fiction you will ever read. I'm certain it was the memory of this portion of the book that earned it a 1954 Edgar Award, but the rest of it explains the category: Best First Novel.It's about a man whose ...
2.5 stars.Well, it wasn't that bad actually. They are actually a few moments in the book that I really I liked. However, the book as a whole didn't quite achieve the kind of effect that would have made it memorable. This is just another quick reading to pass the time except in my case, it wasn't. Th...
Herrlich fiese und gemein, ohne störende Schnörkel und Schlenker - klarer Tip für Krimifreunde!
A Kiss Before Dying has been made into a movie not just once but twice, when it should never have been adapted for film at all, as half the book's suspense lies in not being able to see the face of the man Dorie gets involved with. 'Nough said.