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A Kiss Before Dying (book)

  • Type: Novel
  • Length: 288 pages
Levin combines great talent for pure novel writing -- full-bodied characterization, subtle psychological exploration, vivid evocation of locale -- with strict technical whodunit tricks as dazzling as anything ever brought off by Carr, Rawson, Queen or Christie. Anthony Boucher

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  • Fall River, Massachusetts HE WAS BORN in Menasset (fictional), on the outskirts of Fall River, Massachusetts, the only child of a father who was an oiler in one of the Fall River textile mills and a mother who sometimes had to take in sewing when the money ran low.
  • Iowa, United States of America He finally chose Stoddard University (fictional) in Blue River, Iowa, which was supposed to be something of a country club for the children of the Midwestern Wealthy.
  • Rockefeller Center, New York City Then suppose we meet, say, in front of the statue at Rockefeller Center, the one of Atlas holding up the world. (International Building courtyard, 630 Fifth Ave)
  • The Museum of Modern Art, New York City SUNDAY AFTERNOON MARION WENT to the Museum of Modern Art.


Y/M/D Association Description Place Locale Food Event
1952/08/27 Ira Levin Author Ira Levin completes his first novel "The Planner". It will be published as "A Kiss Before Dying".
1953/00/00 Ira Levin Author "A Kiss Before Dying" is published.

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Particulars for A Kiss Before Dying (book):
Art Type Book a written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers.
Art Material Copper
Narrative Arts Fiction prose literature, especially short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people
Narrative Arts Murder the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another
Narrative Arts Mystery something not understood or beyond understanding
Narrative Arts Narrative an account of connected events
Art Type Novel long form fiction narrative that is at least 40,000 words in length
Narrative Arts Prose ordinary written language
Narrative Arts Suspense a state or feeling of excited or anxious uncertainty about what may happen

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