RARA-AVIS: Ira Levin

From: Peedie Monk ( peediemonk@ukonline.co.uk)
Date: 16 May 2002

Just finished "A Kiss Before Dying", Ira Levin's first novel. A precursor of Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley ("Kiss" (c) 1953 - Ripley first appears in 1955), it's actually much faster-paced and less reflective than the Ripley novels I've read. I enjoyed it immensely. I'm a sucker for books where abnormal psychology is the "norm" (Jim Thompson is king). This one's my first dip into Ira Levin's fiction. Anything else of his similarly noir?

Al Guthrie

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