BOOK ê Beast In View Ç Margaret Millar

Beast In ViewA psychological thriller by a mistress of suspense at the top of her form and winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award What starts with a crank call from If I killed everyone I hated people would be dying like flies all over town Helen Clarvoe recieves a disturbing and threatening phone call Is the woman on the other end of the line involved in some sort of twisted extortion racket or just a psychopath in it for the thrills That's what she asks her old family retainer to find out and his attempts at playing amateur detective may bring Helen closer to danger than she's ever been This is an utterly engaging thriller that won the 1956 Edgar Award for Best Novel It's a gripping well written tale that I tore through in only a couple of days Millar's novel is bursting with amazing lines that I wish I'd written Blackshear felt a great pity for her not because of her tears but because of all the struggle it had taken to produce them And She's crafty she hasn't had to do any of the destroying herself She just throws in the bone and lets the dogs fight each other over it And there's usually some meat of truth on the bone I'm planning to read by Maggie Millar in the near future

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An old school chum sets the lonely aloof financially comfortable Miss Helen Clarvoe on a path as predictable only as madness Lured from her rooms in Like a 375 rounded up My first but not last novel by Margaret Millar Beast in View is really of a story of psychological suspense rather than a full blown crime novel set in Southern California of the 1950sHelen Clarvoe a young woman now 30 lives alone in a small hotel in Hollywood Her mother with whom she only rarely communicates by mail lives six miles away with her brother Douglas Helen lived there in a self imposed isolation from the rest of the world behind her wall of money and the iron bars of her egotism never going out to see much of the world although because of prudent investments she certainly could have She receives a phone call one day and the woman at the other end of the line claimed to one of her friends calling herself Evelyn Merrick As Helen listens she is convinced the caller is mad although the caller disagrees telling Helen that in fact she is the one who is mad calling her a little coward accusing her of being jealous and saying that she can see everything about Helen in her crystal ball After uestioning the switchboard operator about the incoming call Helen gets in contact with her family's former investment counselor Mr Blackshear who comes to the hotel to meet with her She talks to him about the call then shows him a money clip which was missing uite a huge sum of cash and explains that she feared that her caller Evelyn Merrick may have been the one who stole it She wants Blackshear to find Merrick The only clue that the caller left in her conversation with Helen was that someday she planned to be immortal that her body would be in every art museum in the country With that small hint in mind Blackshear sets off on his uest in full on private investigator mode and begins to hear much about Evelyn Merrick Her forté it seems lies in discovering other people's deep seated insecurities and using her knowledge to provoke her victims into a state of gut wrenching despairleaving a trail of desperation and devastation behind her as she goes The story develops through the points of view of different characters and through them Blackshear ultimately discovers a slowly unfolding panorama of long kept long buried secrets relevant to his investigations What comes out of this case goes far beyond the stuff of normal crime fare as Millar takes her readers into middle class Los Angeles of the 1950s a place of societal constraints and especially for this cast of characters a number of unfulfilled expectations that have over the years remained dormant until finally germinating into crushing disappointments Further while the central character Helen Clarvoe is a loner Beast in View is a novel with a profound emphasis on human interactions and human failings at its core While many reviews I've read have noted that the solution was easily grasped from the outset I didn't figure it out until the end when all was revealed and decided that I liked being artfully manipulated by the author throughout the entire story Don't let its age fool you Beast in View is very dark almost noirish in tone and probes deeply into the human psyche in many ways much realistically than many modern offerings This book will not be the last of Margaret Millar for me Highly recommended but beware there is little in the way of happiness to be found in the entire novel

EBOOK Beast In View

PDF ¸ BOOK Beast In View FREE Ï MARGARET MILLAR Ô [Epub] ➛ Beast In View By Margaret Millar – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk A psychological thriller by a mistress of suspense at the top of her form and 1956 winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award What starts with a crank call from an old school chum sets the lonely aA second rate residential Hollywood hotel she finds herself stranded in the perilous terrain of extortion pornography vengeance and ultimately murder Soho Syndicate is in the process of re publishing many of Margaret Millar’s suspense novels Millar was a renowned award winning suspense novelist of the fifties Interestingly her husband is better known by his pen name Ross MacDonald Truly a literary power couple Beast in View is a rather short novel even by mid fifties standards It has an unusual feel to it of distance and detachment and has been described as a psychological suspense novel I don’t know if it’s typical of Millar’s writing but than being a crime thriller it seems to poke a bit of fun at the Santa BarbaraBeverly Hills upper crust finding many of those folks merely actors playing their chosen parts Many of the characters are oddballs from 30 year old shut ins to widows living off uickly disappearing inheritances to wanna be Actresses desperate for fame to closet homosexuals outcasts at that time living with their mothers and taking endless photography classes There’s a real sense of awkwardness and uncomfortableness with all these characters