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Beast In View by Margaret Millar
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Oct 21, 10

Recommended for: Ruth Rendell fans.
Read from October 20 to 21, 2010, read count: 1

It’s on page 223 of BEAST IN VIEW [the original Random House edition] that the title is used in a phrase, in a paragraph which continues from the previous page, and we begin to be certain of what’s been going on. As with any good mystery/suspense novel, we known that the clues have been there all along:

". . . Only one face stood out among the others, pale, composed, half-smiling. Evelyn Merrick. She was standing in the shadowed doorway of a small TV repair shop, leaning idly against the plate-glass window as if she had just paused for a rest during an evening stroll. But Miss Clarvoe knew it was not an evening stroll, it was a chase, and she was the beast in view. She moved in sudden terror. The woman at the window also moved."

BEAST IN VIEW won the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award as Best Novel of 1956. It touches on or refers to some topics unusual for the 1950s: homosexuality (both male and female), use of narcotics, and massage parlors! And I wonder if Robert Bloch read it before writing PSYCHO?

Millar does a very good job here of chronicling the disintegration of a human mind, almost as well as Rendell did it later in A DEMON IN MY VIEW, THE KILLING DOLL, and ADAM AND EVE AND PINCH ME.
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10/21/2010 page 180
113.0% "A fast read, and somewhat daring in its themes for the 1950s."
10/21/2010 page 180
113.0% "A fast read, and somewhat daring in its themes for the 1950s."

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