Rediscover one of America’s pioneering women crime writers with this classic noir starring a Long Beach private investigator reminiscent of Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe
“Are you trying to tell me you don't want the job, Mr. Sader?”
It started as a missing persons case and grew more puzzling with the discovery of another strangely coincidental disappearance. Private eye Jim Sader finds himself deep in a multilayered intrigue revolving around oil and real estate and the sleazy underpinnings of Long Beach, California, in the 1950s.
Taut, suspenseful, and gritty, many consider Sleep with Strangers to be Dolores Hitchens’ best novel.
About the Author
Dolores Hitchens (1907-1973) was a highly prolific author of novels and a play who wrote under several names, best known for a number of detective series including the Jim Sader novels and the "Cat" novels featuring elderly amateur sleuth Rachel Murdock. She was one of eight pioneers in the genre collected in the 2015 Library of America edition, Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s.
Steph Cha is the author of Your House Will Pay and the Juniper Song crime trilogy. She's an editor and critic whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. A native of the San Fernando Valley, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two basset hounds.
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