A Kiss Before Dying (Paperback)

A Novel

By Ira Levin, Otto Penzler (Introduction by)

Pegasus Crime, 9781605981833, 288pp.

Publication Date: May 15, 2011

Other Editions of This Title:
Compact Disc (10/11/2011)
Compact Disc (5/1/2011)

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A modern classic, this novel set a new standard in the art of mystery and suspense in its exploration of the criminal mind.

A Kiss Before Dying not only debuted the talent of best-selling novelist Ira Levin to rave reviews and an Edgar Award, it also set a new standard in the art of psychological suspense. It tells the shocking tale of a young man who will stop at nothing—not even murder—to get where he wants to go. For he has dreams; plans. He also has charm, good looks, intelligence. And he has a problem. Her name is Dorothy; she loves him, and she's pregnant. The solution may demand desperate measures. But, then, he looks like the kind of guy who could get away with murder.

About the Author

Ira Levin is the author of The Boys from Brazil, Rosemary’s Baby, Son of Rosemary, The Stepford Wives, This Perfect Day, Sliver, and A Kiss Before Dying (for which he won the Edgar Award). Levin was also the recipient of three Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Awards. His website is www.iralevin.org.

Otto Penzler is the proprietor of the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. He is the founder of the Mysterious Press and Otto Penzler Books, and has received an Edgar Award, an Ellery Queen Award, and a Raven Award for his contribution to the mystery field. His anthology The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps was a New York Times Bestseller.

Praise For A Kiss Before Dying: A Novel

Here is not merely an extraordinary first but an extraordinary suspense novel by the highest professional standards;
and you have an evening of incomparable excitement ahead
of you. Levin combines great talent for pure novel writing
with strict whodunit tricks as dazzling as anything ever
brought off by Ellery Queen or Agatha Christie.
— Anthony Boucher

The book is a succession of quite legitimate surprises, the
suspense is admirably sustained, the detail is thorough and
convincing, and the writing is considerably above the level
usually associated with fictional crime and passion. A pleasure to recommend.