The Expendable Man, Dorothy B. Hughes
“Dorothy B. Hughes is arguably my favorite crime writer, which is why I’m glad almost all of her body of work is back in circulation. But it’s her final novel, The Expendable Man, that is my pick. Published in 1963 after a decade-long hiatus, it tells the story of a well-to-do doctor who is stopped by police and accused of murder. As the novel progresses, it morphs from a gripping tale of suspense into a profound meditation on racial injustice — one that is shockingly, and sadly, applicable today. Injustice of all kinds was a hallmark of Hughes’ work, and The Expendable Man explores the subject with particular insight.”
–Suggested by Sarah Weinman, editor of Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s (Library of America) and Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives (Penguin).
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