Bio: Dorothy B. Hughes (10 August 1904 ? 6 May 1993) was an American crime writer and literary critic. Hughes wrote fourteen crime and detective novels, primarily in the hardboiled and noir styles, and is best known for the novels In a Lonely Place (1947) and Ride the Pink Horse (1946). Born Dorothy Belle Flanagan in Kansas City, Missouri, she studied journalism and after graduating from the University of Missouri with her B.J. degree in 1924 worked in that field in Missouri, New Mexico, and New York. She did graduate work in journalism at the University of New Mexico and at Columbia University but did not receive a degree from either institution. Hughes? first published book, ?Dark Certainty? (1931) was a volume of poetry, which was the winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition. In 1940, she published her first mystery novel ?The So Blue Marble? followed by eight more mystery novels in the 1940s. In addition to her novels, Hughes also wrote a history of the University of New Mexico and a critical study of writer Erle Stanley Gardner. In 1951 she received an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America in the category of Outstanding Mystery Criticism and in 1978 she was given the MWA's Grand Master award.

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The Bamboo Blonde
Beautiful But Dead When Con Satterlee picked up the half-intoxicated blonde in the Bamboo Bar, Griselda was annoyed. When he- walked out with the blonde, leaving Griselda flat, she was furious. She was frightened, too, returning alone to the isolated, ramshackle beach cottage. And this was to have been their second honeymoon! Con came back rattling a handful of shells which he said he had taken from the blonde's revolver. But the blonde didn't come back. The police found her corpse the next morn... more info>>
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The Blackbirder
Julie Guille had escaped the Nazis in occupied France--escaped eventually to New York City. But she's living undercover in the city. An illegal alien who must find a way to help her imprisoned beloved, Fran, escape from prison. When she runs into an old acquaintance who is murdered beneath her apartment window, she knows she has to run--run to Santa Fe where the legendary Blackbirder operates. A Blackbirder that flies refugees across the Mexican border. A journey by train and bus. But she being ... more info>>
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