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Published by Turnaround, July 2014.
Caspary reveals, the desires hidden in the hearts of outwardly respectable
people. This novel is a web of love, jealousy, guilt, and hate. It is the
story of a married couple whose life together changes drastically after the
husband is diagnosed with cancer. Fletcher Strode is a married, wealthy
businessman. Aged 42, at the height of his powers, he falls in love with
beautiful photographer’s model, Elaine Guardino, she is 19 years younger than
him. Strode marries Elaine twenty four hours after getting a divorce.
Five years later, Strode is diagnosed with cancer of the larynx and it is
removed. He sells all of his business concerns, leaves New York and with
Elaine, moves to California.
Fury and frustration rob him of what
little voice he has. When he forgets himself and tries to shout, he produces a
string of unintelligible sounds. All his confidence is destroyed. He becomes
impotent and jealous. He begins to keep a secret diary of his fantasised
suspicions, making his impending suicide look like murder . . . by Elaine.
Strode’s selfish, immature daughter Cindy and her crafty husband,
unemployed lawyer Don arrive in California and move in for an extended vacation
and the story moves towards it inevitable end. The plot is subtle and the book
is ‘of its time’ but worth a read.
Reviewer: Sue Lord
Vera Caspary (1899-1987) Author of twenty-one books, several were
made into films such as The Blue Gardenia and A Letter to Three Wives
Vera Caspary (1899-1987)
is the author of twenty-one books. Her early novels drew on her experience
growing up a conservative Jewish family in Chicago. Later works focused on
career women who balance work, a love life, and even marriage, with a desire
for independence. Caspary is best known for her skillfully-crafted and
psychologically-complex murder mysteries. Several of her books were made into
films, including both Bedelia and Laura. Enormously popular in
her time, she was also a playwright and screenwriter, with such classics as
Fritz Lang's The Blue Gardenia and Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Letter to
Three Wives having been adapted from her screen stories. Reviewing her
autobiography, The Secrets of Grown-Ups, The Washington Post
called Caspary's life "a Baedeker of the 20th century. An independent
woman in an unliberated era, she collided with or was touched by many of its
major historical and cultural events: wars, the Depression, the Spanish Civil
War . . . Hollywood in its romantic heyday, Hollywood in the grip of McCarthyism,
the footloose of the artistic rich, publishing, Broadway."
Sue Lord originally studied Fine Art and Art History, her MA
is in Creative Writing. She now, revues, teaches, mentors and script doctors.
She lives in central London and Cornwall. Her favourite
pastime is gardening.