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"It began with a woman's name: Sylvia. I loved the name, I loved the song, 'Who is Sylvia and what is she?' And the other sweet song 'Sylvia's hair is like the night.' Dark hair, raven black, a tall woman and beautiful. I could envision her as I might a living person." So writes Howard Fast in his introduction to Sylvia, first published thirty-two years ago under the pseud ...more
Unknown Binding, 192 pages
Published May 28th 2001 by Not Avail (first published 1960)
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Mar 27, 2012 Vanessa Brown rated it it was amazing
I have been in love with this book for almost twenty years, and I continue to love it. In fact, I think I'll re-read it.
Jan 31, 2012 Susanne rated it it was ok
I saw the movie based on this book (Sylvia) on Netflix and I recommend the movie. It's a lot like the film Laura, only there's no murder, no mystery. Just a man who falls in love with the woman he's hired to investigate, a woman he's never met.

This is the same set up in the book. Only... It's probably just me but it seems creepier here, the man rejecting a woman he knows & likes in favor of a woman he's never met but fallen in love with through hearing about her in the recollections of othe
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Howard Fast was blacklisted during the McCarthy Era due to his book Citizen Tom Paine, which was ordered to be destroyed by the Feds. He also wrote the book Spartacus, upon which the well-known movie of the same name was based. Sylvia was self-published under the pseudonym E.V. Cunningham and was only reprinted in 1960 under Fast’s real name in the United States. (France didn’t care about the blacklist and printed it under his own name originally.) It is the tale of a private investigator who is ...more
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My interest in reading this was prompted by catching the film of the same name that was based on the novel. A millionaire hires Alan Macklin, private detective, to find out the truth about his fiancee, Sylvia West. Macklin figures out where Sylvia came from and travels around in pursuit of attempting to learn how she came to be the person she is now. In the process he finds his feelings stirred by this woman who he's never met.

Fast, who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era, was forced to publ
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Out of print suspense novels like this will never get more than three stars from me, but I did like this one. Surprisingly racy and edgy for the time, I liked the rip-off hard-boiled dialogue and the probing of two damaged souls. A "Gone Girl" from the sixties.
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Howard Fast (1914–2003) was one of the most prolific American writers of the twentieth century. He was a bestselling author of more than eighty works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenplays. The son of immigrants, Fast grew up in New York City and published his first novel upon finishing high school in 1933. In 1950, his refusal to provide the United States Congress with a list of possible ...more
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