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Laura herself eats abstemiously—a single poached egg for breakfast is the only meal we actually see her consume. And Mark, the heroic detective. Those who come after us may find it easier to assert independence, but will miss the grand adventure of having been born a woman in this century of change.

Vera Caspary, as you can tell from some of the quotes I shared, has not only written a great noir novel, but also expresses the difficulty that women have in building a career and navigating the uncertain waters of the relationships they must maintain with the men who are helping them. Paretsky and Warshawski transformed the role of women in contemporary crime fiction. When Laura turns out to be very much alive, however, she becomes the prime suspect.

He’s taken by the portrait of her, and everything else he learns. Caslary marked it as to-read Nov 21, Vera Caspary, an acclaimed American writer of novels, plays, short stories and screenplays, was born in Chicago in Caspary also allows the reader to feel McPherson’s frustration with the pretty-boy, Shelby Carpenter. Laurathe novel, was originally a seven-part serial published in Colliers from October through Novemberand titled Ring Twice for Laura. Posted by J F Norris at She is the laurq of Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Laura’s benefactor and sometimes companion, Waldo Lydecker, is the poster boy for such behavior.


The writer tells the story of Laura, her arrival at his lunch table, where she asked the famous journalist to endorse her work. He was God’s gift to women. Sep 14, Antonius Block added it Shelves: Vera Caspary died in and is survived by a literary legacy of strong independent female characters.

Laura (novel) – Wikipedia

I had never felt anything but respect and tenderness for this brilliant, unhappy friend. Laura herself is a very complicated character. After I left home I’d lived in several of these houses. That lura be a much bigger gun and aimed a lot closer.

A coup de theater arrives way before the end of this emotional drama, when the identity of the dead woman is discovered.

Laura (Stage Play)

You’re smooth all right, but you’ve got nothing to say. Pleasant who-dunnit about a NYPD detective who, on probing the murder of a young woman, falls in love with her. Just a capary while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It is just as glamorous and entertaining as the iconic film. Justin rated it really liked it Nov 22, I watched the movie first and felt that the twist was not only handled well, but was so deliciously shocking.


The attempts at romance — specifically but not solely of McPherson falling so easily for the image of this woman — feel rather over-heated and less convincing, and Caspary perhaps tries to push that angle a bit too hard, but the resolution is satisfying enough. A classic of unrequited love and obsession.

Because Kienie gave it five stars, and it was written by a woman, and it might be as smart not the right word? Nor did I find it very atmospheric, which is surely the point of noir. The hero, but caspxry the interpreter.

Sarah Weinman, editor Sarah Weinman is widely recognized as a leading authority cadpary crime fiction. While the book is entitled Laura, it is really about the three men in her life.

It takes a master’s touch to makes us see the real people and the real problems behind this avalanche of gossip and glossy publicity shots, and here I think is the one reason why the present novel will remain relevant for a few decades more.

Why do Waldo’s fictional books have such odd titles? Laura by Vera Caspary.