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Laura Hunt was the ideal modern woman: beautiful, elegant, highly ambitious, and utterly mysterious. No man could resist her charms—not even the hardboiled NYPD detective sent to find out who turned her into a faceless corpse. As this tough cop probes the mystery of Laura’s death, he becomes obsessed with her strange power. Soon he realizes he’s been seduced by a dead woman—or has he?

Laura won lasting renown as an Academy Award-nominated 1944 film, the greatest noir romance of all time. Vera Caspary’s equally haunting novel is remarkable for its stylish, hardboiled writing, its electrifying plot twists, and its darkly complex characters—including a woman who stands as the ultimate femme fatale.

Femmes Fatales restores to print the best of women’s writing in the classic pulp genres of the mid-20th century. From mystery to hard-boiled noir to taboo lesbian romance, these rediscovered queens of pulp offer subversive perspectives on a turbulent era. Enjoy the series: Bedelia; Bunny Lake Is Missing; By Cecile; The G-String Murders; The Girls in 3-B; Laura; The Man Who Loved His Wife; Mother Finds a Body; Now, Voyager; Return to Lesbos; Skyscraper; Stranger on Lesbos; Stella Dallas; Women's Barracks.

Mysteries & Thrillers
July 24
The Feminist Press at CUNY
Perseus Books, LLC

Customer Reviews

WaveSkiBoy ,

Oddly enjoyable, if dated and stylistically archaic

Vera Caspary, born at the turn of the 19th century, was, in her hey-day, a world-famous author whose works were turned into movies as frequently as any writer. The screen version of LAURA was directed by Otto Preminger, a preeminent director of the times. Her prose style is odd, almost unwieldy, but somehow achieves a compelling readability, and although she is virtually unknown today, she deserves a recognition that is given far less prolific and successful writers of her time.

LAURA itself is an oddly compelling work. Suggest it be read in conjunction with viewing the film.

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