Set in the early 19th century, The Strange Woman takes place in Bangor, Maine, where logging and lumber mills have made the town prosperous. Jenny Hager has grown up in Bangor, not far from the watchful eye of wealthy Isaiah Poster. The fact that Jenny is twenty years Isaiah's junior does not stem his amorous intentions, and when she's finally out of her teens, Jenny accepts his proposal of marriage. But beneath her sweet exterior, Jenny is a shrewd, conniving women, and while she makes a fine life for herself with Isaiah's money, she obviously doesn't care for him. When Isaiah's son Ephraim visits from college, Jenny is immediately attracted to him. And Jenny's scheming doesn't stop there. Nothing and no one seems to be able to stop her - not even the thought of murder.
In a literary career lasting from the 1910s into the 1950s, Ben Ames Williams became one of the most popular novelists and short story writers in America, his work the basis for some 14 movies made between the 1920s and the 1950s. Williams was born in Macon, MS, the son of Daniel Webster Williams, a newspaper publisher (and later a politician and diplomat), and the former Sarah Marshall Ames. Williams grew up in Jackson, OH, and later in West Newton, MA, where he attended the Allen School. In 1905, when he was 16, he moved to Cardiff, Wales, where his father served as U.S. consul, and he subsequently attended Dartmouth College. Williams worked for his father's newspaper as a boy, and got his first professional position in 1910 on the staff of the Boston American. Over the next five years, Williams wrote fiction in his spare time while working as a reporter, and authored some 80 stories before he sold his first in 1915. He gradually published more fiction and delved into all genres, including mystery, adventure stories, and romances, eventually giving up his work as a journalist. -- read more at Answers.com