A Kiss Before Dying

A Kiss Before Dying

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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.

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.


Blackwell North Amer
A Kiss Before Dying not only debuted the talent of best-selling novelist Ira Levin; 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 literally stop at nothing 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, he realizes, may demand desperate measures. But, then, he looks like the kind of guy who could get away with murder.

Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 2003
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780786711642
0786711647
Branch Call Number: FICTION LEVIN
Characteristics: xi, 242 p. ; 21 cm

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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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