Beast in View

Margaret Millar

ISBN: 9781681990125

Published: December, 2015

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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 ...

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 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. Originally doubtful of their seriousness, Blackshear quickly realizes that he is in the midst of something far more nightmarish than he thought possible. As he unravels the mystery behind the calls the identity behind them slowly emerges, predatory and treacherous.

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“Winner of the 1956 Myster Writers of America Edgard Award for Best Novel.”
“Stunningly original. ”
—Val McDermid
“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, in a letter to the Toronto Saturday Night newspaper.
“BookRiot 100 Must-Read Novels of Noir. ”