'An author with a flair for terror' The New Yorker
One of them is the link to Davidian.
One of them is holding out . . .
Steve Wintress's flight to Los Angeles is forced down in bad weather, and he shares a car into town with three fellow travellers: a shy young soldier, a cool Hollywood actress and a Justice Department official.
But all four passengers have something in common - something any one of them might kill to get their hands on.
Every secret agency in the world wants to possess the Davidian Report, smuggled out of East Berlin by a Communist defector, and it's lying somewhere in LA. Steve wants that Report, but he'll have to fight with the big guns, like the CIA and the FBI, if he's going to get there first . . .
Dorothy B. Hughes was an acclaimed crime novelist and literary critic, her style falling into the hard-boiled and noir genres of mystery writing. Born in Kansas City, she studied journalism at the University of Missouri, and her initial literary output consisted of collections of poetry. Hughes' first mystery novel, The So Blue Marble, was published in 1940 and was hailed as the arrival of a great new talent in the field. Her writing proved to be both critically and commercially successful, and three of her novels - The Fallen Sparrow, Ride the Pink Horse and In a Lonely Place - were made into major films. Hughes' taught, suspenseful detective novels are reminiscent of the work of Elisabeth Sanxay Holding and fellow The Murder Room author Margaret Millar. In 1951, Hughes was awarded an Edgar award for Outstanding Mystery Criticism and, in 1978, she received the Grand Master award from the Mystery Writers of America. She died in Oregon in 1993.