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The Expendable Man

(1963)
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"It was surprising what old experiences remembered could do to a presumably educated, civilized man." And Hugh Denismore, a young doctor driving his mother's Cadillac from Los Angeles to Phoenix, is eminently educated and civilized. He is privileged, would seem to have the world at his feet, even. Then why does the sight of a few redneck teenagers disconcert him? Why is he reluctant to pick up a disheveled girl hitchhiking along the desert highway? And why is he the first person the police suspect when she is found dead in Arizona a few days later?

Dorothy B. Hughes ranks with Raymond Chandler and Patricia Highsmith as a master of mid-century noir. In books like In a Lonely Place and Ride the Pink Horse she exposed a seething discontent underneath the veneer of twentieth-century prosperity. With The Expendable Man, first published in 1963, Hughes upends the conventions of the wrong-man narrative to deliver a story that engages readers even as it implicates them in the greatest of all American crimes.

 
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Used availability for Dorothy B Hughes's The Expendable Man


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Paperback Editions

July 2012 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Expendable Man (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Dorothy B Hughes
ISBN: 1-59017-495-X / 978-1-59017-495-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

September 2006 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Expendable Man
Author(s): Dorothy B Hughes
ISBN: 1-903155-58-4 / 978-1-903155-58-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Persephone Books Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

October 1987 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Expendable Man
Author(s): Dorothy B Hughes
ISBN: 0-88184-357-1 / 978-0-88184-357-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

February 2015 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Expendable Man
Author(s): Dorothy B Hughes
Publisher: Persephone Books
Availability: Amazon UK   

July 2012 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Expendable Man (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Dorothy B Hughes
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Availability: Amazon   


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