Michelle Dean writes about Vera Caspary and her novel “Laura.” She was a “ career girl” avant la lettre and never seems to have pictured or. Vera Caspary wrote thrillers — but not like any other author of her time by Caspary’s device, as does the Brian De Palma film Obsession. Editorial Reviews. Review. “Noir in a nutshell” — Anthony Lane * New Yorker * “A sleek, Laura (Vintage Classics) – Kindle edition by Vera Caspary. Download it.

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Vera Caspary

And Mark, the heroic detective. Nonetheless, one of the last things her mother would do before she died was to scold her for associating with “filthy reds”. Nor did I find it very atmospheric, which is surely the point of noir.

The pacing felt off. Loved the setting of New York in the ‘s.

Laura (novel) – Wikipedia

Laura is an astonishing blend of a murder investigation and a woman’s quest for love and success. Here is one example that is actually on-line — https: However, her conscience would not let her simply abandon causes she believed in.

Mark is equally repelled by Laura’s obvious lies. It’s not that I want to lead any sort of double life, it’s simply that I resent intrusion. I felt sick within myself, ashamed of hysteria and weak shrinking.

Laura is made up of five parts, four parts are first person narrative and one part is Another slow start to a book and this time it was because I had made assumptions wrong as it turned out about the author Vera Caspary. Caspery’s descriptions of the encounters between Lydecker and McPherson are splendid. Paperbackpages. Yet, it wasn’t the movie.


We take away the sordid fatalism, and we get tea?

Her face has been blasted by buckshot, obliterating her loveliness, leaving only the painting on the wall as a memory of her alluring elegance. Open Preview See a Problem? Why llaura Waldo’s fictional books have such odd titles? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

A Look at Vera Caspary’s ‘Laura’ (1943)

She was hounded by the McCarthy witchhunts for her communist leanings, and published an autobiography, The Secrets of Grown-ups in I think that is why there is less “shock value” in the twist at the end with this story or maybe I’m just so seeped in the story line that I failed to be distracted. Guess I’ll have to track the classic down and discover for myself! The bell is still ringing. Yet, maybe because of his fera origins, Mark falls under the spell of the glamorous Laura.

Waldo Lydecker opens the novel with an abundance of witty, stinging prose, much as he narrates the opening of the film and soon after relishes in a long caspaey explaining his relationship with Laura to Detective Mark McPherson. Mar 13, Debbie Robson rated it it was amazing.

She also taught classes in writing screenplays to raise funds to bring refugee writers to America. I just happened to catch in the opening credits the hundredth time I watched it that it was based on this novel by Vera Caspary. A quick look at her biographical notes online offer a few suggestions and lauar point to several autobiographical notes in her most famous novel. It is during McPherson’s narration we get to see events as they really are, bringing about for the reader an understanding of the detective’s thought process and actions so twisted out of context by Lydecker.


Music in the Street was set in a working girl’s residence. McPherson soon begins to wonder how a smart girl like Laura managed to surround herself with such morally empty people, their arrogance and gutter ethics only surpassed by their lack of character. She’s paying lengthy homage to Wilkie Collins’ Woman in White, with its shifting stable of unreliable narrators. In January she closed up her house and moved back to Hollywood.

Vera Caspary – Wikipedia

I had read Bedelia first–the main character is somewhat like being stuck in a closet with df with too much lilac perfume.

The story is told in multiple voices by the men who loved Laura.

Restores to print the greatest work by a gifted and prolific writer with a fascinating personal history.

Is Laura a doll? This first appeared in Thrillers: Want to Read saving….