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Do Evil in Return

(1950)
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Charlotte Keating, a doctor and woman of independent means, is slowly pulled into a shadowy realm of violence and desperation after she investigates the suspicious death of a young woman she had recently declined to provide an illegal abortion.

After Charlotte "Charley" Keating turns away a patient seeking an abortion she struggles with the ethical quandaries of such an act. As a feminist she would have liked to help the young girl in trouble but as a doctor with a practice and other patients counting on her she doesn't feel like she can risk breaking the law for a complete stranger. When the poor girl turns up dead, Charley's entire life is thrown into chaos.

Perhaps Margaret Millar's most controversial book - and certainly among her best - Do Evil in Return is a meticulously plotted and suspenseful meditation on abortion and the hypocrisy of the laws governing a woman's body. Millar may be known as the Grande Dame of domestic suspense, but this brutal tale of a doctor hell-bent on uncovering the truth puts her in line with noir luminaries like David Goodis and Jim Thompson.

Genre: Mystery

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Paperback Editions

June 1974 : USA Paperback
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Title: Do Evil in Return
Author(s): Margaret Millar
ISBN: 0-380-00033-4 / 978-0-380-00033-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon Books
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Kindle Editions

November 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Do Evil in Return
Author(s): Margaret Millar
Publisher: Soho Syndicate
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