Charlotte Armstrong (1905-1969) introduced suspense into the commonplace, the
everyday, by writing short stories and novels in which one simple action sets a series
of events spiraling into motion, pulling readers along, breathless with anxiety. By
creating characters that could be one's next-door-neighbors and by relocating
suspense, in many cases, from its Gothic ancestral settings, to locales she knew best,
Armstrong created what the mystery writer Jan Burke aptly named suburban noir.
Armstrong's small town Midwestern upbringing and adult life on both East and
West coasts fine tuned her. Anthony Boucher observed of her work, "The method by
which she achieves her magical effects defies critical analysis." Edited by
Armstrong's biogapher, Rick Cypert, and Kirby McCauley. Afterword by
Armstrong's son. Also available on Kindle through Amazon.