The Couple Next Door by Margaret Millar
Collected Short Mysteries

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A MASTER OF SUSPENSE Margaret Millar (1915-1994) was an internationally popular author whose well-crafted and sharply-written books pioneered the subgenre of psychological suspense. In a nearly 50-year writing career – which began in her native Canada and continued in Southern California – she earned the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar and Grand Master Awards, and the enthusiasm of such discriminating readers as Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, W.H. Auden and Truman Capote.

Best-known for her novels, Margaret Millar also wrote a handful of short stories, tales much admired by peers (including her husband Kenneth Millar, who used the pseudonym Ross Macdonald) but never collected in book form. Now Macdonald’s biographer Tom Nolan has gathered and introduced those stories in this volume, which includes two all-but-unknown novellas from the 1940s. Here are half-a-dozen exhibits in evidence of the case made by English author and critic H.R.F. Keating, who judged: “No woman in twentieth-century American mystery writing is more important than Margaret Millar.”

The Couple Next Door is the 15th in the Crippen & Landru “Lost Classics” series. The cover design is by Deborah Miller.

 

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Millar recieved the Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement by the Mystery Writers of America in 1983. Tom Nolan never met Kenneth Millar, but Ross Macdonald has been on his mind since he was eleven years old growing up in southern California in the 1950s. Mr. Nolan reviews mystery fiction for "The Wall Street Journal" and has been a contributing editor for "California" and "Los Angeles" magazines. He has also written for "Rolling Stone, Playboy, TV Guide, " and the "Los Angeles Herald Examiner." He and his wife live in Los Angeles.
 
Published December 16, 2004 by Crippen & Landru Publishers. 252 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But the classics here are Millar’s two midcareer anthology standards: the darkly domestic “The Couple Next Door” and the unclassifiable “The People Across the Canyon,” whose wallop might teach contemporary writers a thing or two about suspense—and whet an appetite for reissuing Millar’s novels.

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Margaret Millar's The Couple Next Door: Collected Short Mysteries, edited by Tom Nolan, gathers the shorter fiction by this Edgar Award winner admired by the likes of Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler

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Margaret Millar's The Couple Next Door: Collected Short Mysteries, edited by Tom Nolan, gathers the shorter fiction by this Edgar Award winner admired by the likes of Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, W.H.

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