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Bedelia : Femmes Fatales: Women Write Pulp - Vera Caspary


Femmes Fatales: Women Write Pulp


Published: 1st November 2005
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Long before 'Desperate Housewives', there was Bedelia: pretty, ultra femme, and 'adoring as a kitten'. A perfect housekeeper and lover, she wants nothing more than to please her insecure new husband, who can't believe his luck. But is Bedelia too good to be true? A mysterious new neighbour turns out to be a detective on the trail of a 'kitten with claws of steel' - a picture-perfect wife with a string of dead husbands in her wake. Caspary builds this tale to a peak of psychological suspense as her characters are trapped together by a blizzard. The true Bedelia, the woman who chose murder over a life on the street, reveals how she turns male fantasies of superiority into a deadly con.

"Vera Caspary's gift was perhaps more subtle, and deadly [than Jim Thompson, David Goodis, and Charles Willeford]." --Robert Polito, author of Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson "You must read Bedelia to see just how slick Miss Caspary's techique of soft-shoe terror can be--how frightening she can make the chatter at an innocent dinner party, the lure of a lady's deshabille, the glimpse of a black pearl in a dresser drawer." --The New York Times "A sinister entertainment 'especially for admirers of the psychological horror story.'" --The New Yorker "A tour de force of psychological suspense, Desperate Housewives meets Double Indemnity in Caspary's Bedelia." --Liahna Armstrong, President Emerita, Popular Culture Association

ISBN: 9781558615076
ISBN-10: 1558615075
Series: Femmes Fatales: Women Write Pulp
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 213
Published: 1st November 2005
Publisher: Feminist Press at The City University of New York
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 12.9  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.26