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3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  21 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
In a villa on the California coast, a murderer stalks a young heiress
Laila Breen is a strangely naive girl. Her father Jonas is an adventurer, a robber baron who made his fortune traveling exotic climes. Laila speaks French and knows how to order fine food, but she cannot read a newspaper and can barely write her own name. Jonas settles in California, planning to get this
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 1990 by Zebra (first published 1953)
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Sep 27, 2016 Tfitoby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Charlotte Armstrong was already somewhat successful in Hollywood by the time she wrote this novel. And it shows. Catch as Catch Can reads like a treatment for a B-noir, a female-centric D.O.A perhaps. Only with a movie you can kind of get behind silly behaviour because it's fleeting and moves the plot forward and it's often made up for with some charismatic acting or interesting staging, in book form it's just plain annoying most of the time with nothing to distract you from the badly written ...more
Dec 31, 2013 C. rated it it was ok
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I grew up a Charlotte Armstrong fan. This novel jogs along like a film. Unfortunately an excess of spectacular and inconceivable action, sprinkled into already unlikely circumstances; are too contrived. A missing girl needing a poison antidote, is a sufficient adventure. Absurd hurdles mar its course. The adage "less is more" rings true.

A girl described as uneducated because she's from a French island, creates a ludicrous personage from the get-go. I as the reader, shook my head. She was said t
I like Charlotte Armstrong, but her writing can be uneven. This one wasn't one of her best. The story could be best described as an unfortunate series of events which wasn't too bad but the characters were a little too Pollyannish for the story to maintain any sense of tension. So, hoping for better next time.
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Full name Charlotte Armstrong Lewi. Wrote 29 novels, plus short stories and plays under the name Charlotte Armstrong and Jo Valentine. Additional writing jobs: New York Times (advertising department), Breath of the Avenue (fashion reporter).
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