She arrived at Peggy Cuneen's Los Angeles boarding house with no ID. She asked for a room, fell asleep silently, and has yet to wake up. Even doctors are baffled. The only thing they know for sure is there are no signs of physical illness and no evidence of bodily trauma. In fact, she's so flawlessly perfect it's as if she's been wrapped in cellophane her entire life. When her picture hits the newspapers, she's positively identified – by three claimants who all have different stories. One swears she's his niece, a runaway heiress. Another, that she's a renowned mystic popular in religious circles. And the third, a frantic mother insisting the Jane Doe's her daughter, who came to Hollywood looking for fame and subsequently disappeared. Are they lying? Mistaken? In denial? Or is it something more insidious? As a protective infatuation turns to obsession, Peggy's son, Matt, is desperate to find out, but his investigation only yields a stunning new piece of the puzzle. From the Edgar Award–winning novelist who "registers the cold blue shadow cast by Southern California's sunny promise," Dream of Fair Woman is a brilliant and chilling suspense novel (L.A. Weekly).
Edgar Award–winning Charlotte Armstrong (1905–1969) was one of the finest American authors of classic mystery and suspense. The daughter of an inventor, Armstrong was born in Vulcan, Michigan, and attended Barnard College, in New York City. After college she worked at the New York Times and the magazine Breath of the Avenue, before marrying and turning to literature in 1928. For a decade she wrote plays and poetry, with work produced on Broadway and published in the New Yorker. In the early 1940s, she began writing suspense. Success came quickly. Her first novel, Lay On, MacDuff! (1942) was well received, spawning a three-book series. Over the next two decades, she wrote more than two dozen novels, winning critical acclaim and a dedicated fan base. The Unsuspected (1945) and Mischief (1950) were both made into films, and A Dram of Poison (1956) won the Edgar Award for best novel. She died in California in 1969.
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