In a Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes

In a Lonely Place

Dorothy B. Hughes

fiction literary mystery thriller dark mysterious tense medium-paced

224 pages


A classic California noir with a feminist twist, this prescient 1947 novel exposed misogyny in post-World War II American society, making it far ahead of its time. Los Angeles in the late 1940s is a city of promise and prosperity, but not for form...
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dark 100%
mysterious 83%
tense 66%
challenging 16%
emotional 16%
reflective 16%


medium 66%
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fast 16%

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