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So Blue Marble

(1940)
A novel by

 
 
Three well-heeled villains terrorize New York's high society in pursuit of a rare and powerful gem

The society pages announce it before she even arrives: Griselda Satterlee, daughter of the princess of Rome, has left her career as an actress behind and is traveling to Manhattan to reinvent herself as a fashion designer. They also announce the return of the dashing Montefierrow twins to New York after a twelve-year sojourn in Europe. But there is more to this story than what's reported, which becomes clear when the three meet one evening during a walk, and their polite conversation quickly takes a menacing turn. The twins are seeking a rare and powerful gem and they believe it's stashed in the unused apartment where Griselda is staying. Baffled by the request, she pushes them away, but they won't take no for an answer. When they return, accompanied by Griselda's long-estranged younger sister, the murders begin...

Drenched in the glamour and luxury of the New York elite, The So Blue Marble is a perfectly Art Deco suspense novel in which nothing is quite as it seems. While different in style from her later books, Dorothy B. Hughes's debut highlights her greatest strengths as an author, rendered with both the poetic language and the psychology of fear for which she is known today.

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Used availability for Dorothy B Hughes's So Blue Marble

Hardback Editions

October 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The So Blue Marble
Author(s): Dorothy B Hughes
ISBN: 1-61316-111-5 / 978-1-61316-111-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: American Mystery Classics
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July 1987 : UK Hardback
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Title: So Blue Marble (Black Dagger Crime)
Author(s): Dorothy B Hughes
ISBN: 0-86220-709-6 / 978-0-86220-709-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers North America
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February 1981 : USA Hardback
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Title: So Blue Marble
Author(s): Dorothy B Hughes
ISBN: 0-89340-269-9 / 978-0-89340-269-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: John Curley & Associates
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Paperback Editions

October 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The So Blue Marble
Author(s): Dorothy B Hughes
ISBN: 1-61316-105-0 / 978-1-61316-105-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: American Mystery Classics
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April 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The So Blue Marble
Author(s): Dorothy B Hughes
ISBN: 1-4719-1725-8 / 978-1-4719-1725-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Murder Room
Availability: Amazon UK   


1616 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The So Blue Marble
Author(s): Dorothy B Hughes
ISBN: 0-553-19764-9 / 978-0-553-19764-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Golden Apple Publishers
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September 1979 : USA Paperback
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Title: So Blue Marble
Author(s): Dorothy B Hughes
ISBN: 0-553-12074-3 / 978-0-553-12074-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam USA
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Audio Editions

August 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The So Blue Marble
Author(s): Dorothy B Hughes
ISBN: 1-4830-3255-8 / 978-1-4830-3255-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Skyboat Media
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August 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The So Blue Marble
Author(s): Dorothy B Hughes
ISBN: 1-4830-3257-4 / 978-1-4830-3257-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Skyboat Media and Blackstone Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


August 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The So Blue Marble
Author(s): Dorothy B Hughes
ISBN: 1-4830-3256-6 / 978-1-4830-3256-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Skyboat Media and Blackstone Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

April 2015 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The So Blue Marble
Author(s): Dorothy B Hughes
Publisher: The Murder Room
Availability: Amazon UK