Do Evil in Return

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Soho Press, Nov 7, 2017 - Fiction
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Charlotte Keating, a doctor and woman of independent means, is slowly pulled into a shadowy realm of violence and desperation after she investigates the suspicious death of a young woman she had recently declined to provide an illegal abortion.

After Charlotte “Charley” Keating turns away a patient seeking an abortion she struggles with the ethical quandaries of such an act. As a feminist she would have liked to help the young girl in trouble but as a doctor with a practice and other patients counting on her she doesn’t feel like she can risk breaking the law for a complete stranger. When the poor girl turns up dead, Charley’s entire life is thrown into chaos.

Perhaps Margaret Millar’s most controversial book—and certainly among her best—Do Evil in Return is a meticulously plotted and suspenseful meditation on abortion and the hypocrisy of the laws governing a woman’s body. Millar may be known as the Grande Dame of domestic suspense, but this brutal tale of a doctor hell-bent on uncovering the truth puts her in line with noir luminaries like David Goodis and Jim Thompson.

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Margaret Millar (1915-1994) was the author of 27 books and a masterful pioneer of psychological mysteries and thrillers. Born in Kitchener, Ontario, she spent most of her life in Santa Barbara, California, with her husband Ken Millar, who is better known by his nom de plume of Ross Macdonald. Her 1956 novel Beast in View won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel. In 1965 Millar was the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Woman of the Year Award and in 1983 the Mystery Writers of America awarded her the Grand Master Award for Lifetime Achievement. Millar's cutting wit and superb plotting have left her an enduring legacy as one of the most important crime writers of both her own and subsequent generations.

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