LAST SEEN WEARING Author:HILLARY WAUGH Marilyn Lowell Mitchell, an eighteen-year-old Massachusetts college freshman has disappeared. The mystery surrounding her disappearance, and its solution, form the heart of the story. — Many modern works introduce a mystery as a backdrop for social, political, or romantic interactions. Here, however, we have a straightforward work of detection, w... more »here social interactions are kept to a minimum to maintain the focus on a strong plot line.
Waugh notes that he was inspired to write this book by reading "A Case Book of True and Unusual Mysteries ...", and this story reads almost like 'true detective' fiction.
The story takes place in the U.S. of the early 1950s, when the book was written. Most men have returned from military service, folks listen to radio mysteries, girls keep written diaries and consider marriage their major life goal, and current celebrities mentioned include Gregory Peck, Winston Churchill, and W.C. Fields. People are courteous and polite, with respect for the police. The Miranda Decision would not take place until 1966, so acceptable police procedures are somewhat different from today.
This is a fascinating book with a story that holds your interest from the first page. The book is slightly over 250 pages, which is fortunate as once you begin you'll want to read straight through to the end. Its a relatively quick read, so you won't have to stay up too late to finish it.
In 1958 mystery writer Julian Symons, writing for the London Sunday Times, listed this work as one of the hundred best crime stories.
Highly recommended for its excellent writing, fascinating straight-forward storyline, and its historic significance as one of the earliest, and possibly the first, police procedural.« less