THE KEY TO NICHOLAS STREET by Stanley Ellin
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THE KEY TO NICHOLAS STREET

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A clever probe of character and conduct as the murder of a young woman in a suburban community finds its answer in the pressure of social censure. And an alternating narrative records the events which led to- and followed- the death of Katherine Ballou, who had been loved by Harry Ayres, the man next door. From the ingenue commentary of the housemaid, to the moral whine of Lucille Ayres, to Harry's gentle resignation and finally the blunt offensive of an outsider, this is a condemnation- not of the crime- but of the narrowness of heart and nastiness of mind which provoked it. Not the virulence of Dreadful Summit, but intelligent, intense entertainment.

Pub Date: April 18th, 1952
Publisher: Simon & Schuster