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Book review: A Kiss Before Dying 
15th-Oct-2011 06:29 pm
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A few weeks back Amazon had a special offer on Ira Levin's best-known novels for the Kindle. After downloading them I decided to start at the beginning with A Kiss Before Dying, his debut about a gold-digging WWII veteran who goes after each of the three daughters of a copper magnate in turn, with views to marriage and inheritance - but when things go wrong he turns murderous. Levin's cleverest idea in the book is to change the point of view each time his protagonist goes after a different sister: An anonymous first-person view for the first, when it comes to the second sister we don't know which of the men she meets is the one she's in danger from. By the end we know his identity but his potential victim doesn't, and it makes for a really enjoyable thriller.
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