By Ira Levin
A smooth vintage, this novel set a brand new common within the paintings of puzzle and suspense in its exploration of the legal mind.
A Kiss sooner than Dying not just debuted the expertise of best-selling novelist Ira Levin to rave stories and an Edgar Award, it additionally set a brand new typical within the paintings of mental suspense. It tells the surprising story of a tender guy who will cease at nothing—not even murder—to get the place he desires to move. For he has desires; plans. He additionally has appeal, beauty, intelligence. And he has an issue. Her identify is Dorothy; she loves him, and she's pregnant. the answer may perhaps call for determined measures. yet, then, he feels like the type of man who might escape with murder.
First released 1953
“The e-book is a succession of really valid surprises, the suspense is admirably sustained, the element is thorough and convincing, and the writing is significantly above the extent frequently linked to fictional crime and keenness. A excitement to recommend.”
- the recent Yorker
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But in between the low points of his being born and seeing his mates blown to bits, Motley had achieved a degree of success in the Army. Among the hard men of Three Para, Motley had stood out as a hard man. Although physically he was unprepossessing – five-ten and medium build – his nitro-glycerine temper and his phenomenally fast fists would floor an opponent before the poor shmuck new what was happening to him. He was attractively good-looking and unattractively conceited. With his chiselled chin, his swashbuckling charm and sociable smile, Motley could win over a woman as easily as falling into bed.
Just then, a metal-crunching bang came from the rear of Motley’s bus. Looking down he saw a beaten-up Volkswagen had slammed into the back of the double-decker. Three young guys had jumped out of the crumpled motor and legged it down the road. The bus-driver hopped down from his cab and was checking out the steaming wreckage. ” Motley could hear him saying. The driver gazed down the road at the disappearing kids. “They’re a menace. ” Locked up? For bending some metal? Motley wondered what the driver thought being locked up was like.
Motley’s overripe arrogance got to the point that he’d pull up outside the wine-bar with a throaty roar from his newly-bought slate-grey Z4 Beemer and park it on double yellows. Inside the bar, he’d buy all the barmaids a drink – except of course for old Jelly-Hair – and then sell all the dope he had on him. He’d then proceed to get shit-faced and leave the motor on double-yellows all night. Booze and drug addled, Motley didn’t give a fuck about anything, but there again, prodigal arrogance was always his imprudent forte.