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There are worse crimes than murder.

"It may well be the finest example to date of the fusion of the novel of character and the puzzle of suspense." (Anthony Boucher, The New York Times)

When first published, The Fiend was nominated for an Edgar by the Mystery Writers of America.

©1964 Margaret Millar (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Powerful and frightening tale with numerous twists

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An effective tale that is well performed. Psychological study of several damaged souls. The potential danger facing a young girl becomes the foundation for a richly imagined study in character. Although there are numerous twist, this book and most of Millar's work depends on character study more than detection. This is crime fiction at its best.

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Very cleverly plotted psycho thriller

Millar is very good at bringing the reader into the mins of her characters. In this instance two young girls are protagonists. She cleverly misleads the reader about how the plot will be resolved.
She also does a good job of recreating the daily life of the mid twentieth century.