Beast in View, Paperback Book
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A classic whodunit and a deep, disturbing study of the dark places of the human psyche...At thirty, Helen Clarvoe is alone: her only visitors are the staff at the hotel where she lives, and her only phone calls come from a stranger.

Until that stranger, with a quiet, compelling voice, lures the aloof and financially secure Miss Clarvoe into a world of extortion, pornography, vengeance, madness and murder. But who is the hunter and who is the victim...? A gothic chiller which still feels incredibly modern, BEAST IN VIEW is a true classic of the crime fiction genre.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781780220222

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I loved this book. It is excellently written and paced. Great turns of phrase and at times insightful with a tiny bit of humor. Overall tone is quite bleak and depressing when faced with people's situations in life. Highly, highly recommend this book and I am now reading another book by her.

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As others have commented, this has a staggeringly modern feel to it. It also feels as if it has cinematographic qualities. There is an incredible twist in the tail which apparently is a characteristic of most of Margaret Millar's novels.Since her father's death, Helen Clarvoe has been estranged from her mother and brother who live in increasing poverty in the family home. Helen apparently inherited all her father's money but lives the life of a wealthy recluse although she is only thirty. When Helen is contacted by a voice from the past she becomes scared and implores a friend of her father's to track Evelyn Merrick down. Then begins a breathtaking spiral of events, eventually ending in three deaths.Published in 1955 BEAST IN VIEW won the Edgar Award in 1956 and was later adapted for an episode of the television series Alfred Hitchcock Hour in 1964. It also made the list of The Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time that was issued in 1995 by the Mystery Writers of America.I've read this novel as my contribution to Past Offences #1955book meme of February this year.Fellow blogger Jose Ignacio at The Game's Afoot is also reading it.