THE LONG GOODNIGHT by Carl D. Burton

THE LONG GOODNIGHT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A small biopsy of an Anatomy of Murder pursues its aftermath of rape and murder in a small Kentucky town, and along with the reminiscent underpants- there's a carnival paper cap which figures in the answer to the killing of pretty, seventeen year old Luana Marret. Schoolteacher Holland Marret, her uncle, who had left town before she was born, returns there to ask the questions- along with Deputy Sheriff Jim Morely. A Negro is arrested- but released when the blood types (the girl's body; his clothes) do not match. And the present inquiry revives certain half forgotten episodes in Holland's past, his first affair with the girl who had married his brother, his attraction to Sydney, now divorced and still available. It is Holland who suspects that the rape- and the murder- need not be affiliated, and his unsuspected concern in the crime is substantiated by the knowledge that Luana was his child.... More than the weather is steamy--- there's lot of sex, cheap rather than seductive.

Pub Date: March 22nd, 1961
Publisher: Morrow