Beast in View Author:Margaret Millar A psychological thriller by a mistress of suspense at the top of her form and 1956 winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award. What starts with a crank call from an old school chum sets the lonely, aloof, financially comfortable Miss Helen Clarvoe on a path as predictable only as madness. Lured from her rooms in a second-rate residential Hollywood hot... more »el, she finds herself stranded in the more perilous terrain of extortion, pornography, vengeance, and ultimately murder.« less
A lonely, wealthy woman subjected to harassing phone calls hires a retired policeman to investigate the matter. Suffers a bit from an ending that, while it may have been a shock at the time, isn't much of a surprise now. Still as gracefully written as one would expect from Millar, one of the most underrated mystery writers.