In a Lonely Place (novel)
|Author||Dorothy B. Hughes|
|Publisher||Duell, Sloan and Pearce|
The novel is a noir set in post World War II Los Angeles. Dix Steele, the main character, is an ex-airman who roams the city at night. He offers to help a detective friend, Brub, solve the case of a serial killer. Eventually, actress Laurel Gray and Brub's wife Sylvia begin to think about what Steele is telling them, and they aid the forces of justice to close in on the suspected killer without him being aware of it.
Book to film
The film differs from the novel in several substantial ways. For example, in the film, despite being a violent man with a hot temper, Steele is innocent of the murders he's suspected of committing, and is sincere in his desire to be a successful screenwriter; in the novel, he is a sociopath who claims to be a crime novel writer in order to sponge off of relatives.
- Black, David A., 1999, Law in Film, University of Illinois Press, ISBN 0-252-06765-7.
- Telotte, J. P., 1989, Voices in the Dark: The Narrative Patterns of Film Noir, University of Illinois Press, ISBN 0-252-06056-3.
- Kirby, Walter (March 16, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 44. Retrieved May 23, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
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