Fourteen chilling stories from the pioneering ladies who created the household suspense genre
Murderous other halves, deranged husbands, deceitful young children, and vengeful neighbors. Few understand those characters—and their creators—better than Sarah Weinman. certainly one of today’s preeminent experts on crime fiction, Weinman asks: the place could bestselling authors like Gillian Flynn, Sue Grafton, or Tana French be with no the ladies writers who got here earlier than them?
In Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives, Weinman brings jointly fourteen hair-raising stories via girls who—from the Nineteen Forties throughout the mid-1970s—took a scalpel to modern society and sliced away to bare its darkish essence. fans of crime fiction from any period will welcome this deliciously darkish tribute to a mostly forgotten iteration of girls writers.
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